Join former first selectman and Wilton historian Bob Russell on a walking tour of the Wilton Historical Society’s preserved buildings at Lambert Corner, 150 Danbury Rd.. To be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m., the hour-long guided tour includes Lambert House, formerly known as “Lilacstead,” which was built on the site c.1726, and eight other buildings moved there in order to preserve them.
The group will set out from the porch of the Historical Christmas Barn, a store that occupies the first floor of the Lambert House.
Russell, Wilton historian and author of Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress, will share some of the interesting stories of the people associated with the buildings. He may well recount the details from a chapter in his book concerning, “the most sensational crime in Wilton’s history, which took place in December 1897, when the last Wilton member of one of the town’s most prominent families, a quiet unassuming gentleman schoolteacher, David S. Lambert, was shot down in cold blood in his home, the Lambert House.”
Together with the Lambert House, the other buildings–Lambert Cottage, Kent District School, Hurlbutt Street Country Store and Post Office, Wilton Railroad Station, Davenport Barn, Cannon Family General Store, 18th-century Cannon Family Corn Crib and the not-to-be-missed George Davenport Greek Revival Privy–comprise Wilton’s Historic District #1.
The outer buildings at Lambert Corner were moved to the site of the original Lambert homestead, at the intersection of Rtes. 7 and 33, over the past 40 years. Most of the buildings are now used as shops and offices. The Wilton Historical Society was a pioneer in what is now called adaptive re-use–updating historic structures for contemporary use. The Society has rescued, in total, 18 buildings typical of a New England rural community on three campuses in Wilton, all visible from Rte. 7.
The tour will end at noon at the Historical Christmas Barn store, where cider and cookies will be served. Comfortable walking attire is suggested.
Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress is available for purchase at the Wilton Historical Society’s museum shop, the Betts Store.
Please register for this event via e-mail or by calling 203.762.7257.