The Hurlbutt Street Schoolhouse at 157 Hurlbutt Street operates as a museum of early education. It was built in 1834 and is in Wilton’s 4th Historic District. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Classes and tours are available by appointment. Call 203-762-9586.
The Wilton Heritage Museum (203-762-7257/wiltonhistorical.org) at 224 Danbury Road is open Monday through Thursday from 10 to 4:30, and Sunday from 1 to 4. Special programs are offered from time to time. The gift shop is a treasure trove of craftsman-made folk art and stylish objects for the home as well as old-fashioned children’s toys, historical maps and books, and Wilton signature pieces.
Through the 12 rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House and the Sloan-Raymond-Fitch House visitors can see how life in rural New England changed from the early colonial to Victorian eras. Specialized collections focus on textiles and costumes, Norwalk-made redware, toys and dolls, and tools. There is also a complete blacksmith shop on site.
At Weir Farm, the summer home of American painter J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), the house and studio are usually open for tours, but as of spring 2009, they were closed for restoration. Now the restoration work can be viewed via special tours. For current information, call 203-834-1896 or visit nps.gov/wefa.