Interesting Places: Hidden in Plain Sight

logoHidden In Plain Sight is a series of short sketches written by Michael G. Dell'Orto and originally published in 2003-2005 for the Wilton Main Street Association, which shine a light on the intriguing historical oddities and places that have made Wilton such an interesting town.

Michael Dell'Orto
Michael has lived in Wilton Center for 35 years, and is a long-time member of the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Heritage Commission, of which he is currently the Chair.

Hidden in Plain Sight Articles

The Amusement Parlor
Did you know that in 1913 Wilton had a full-fledge Amusement Parlor where Nelson's Candies is now, with a pool hall, shooting gallery and twin bowling alleys? 

Vaudeville at the Town Hall Theater
We know it as an independent movie theater, but starting from the end of the 19th century, the Town Hall was on the small-time vaudeville circuit!

Wilton Historical Society Rooms
Come take a virtual tour of the fascinating collection of the Wilton Historical Society!

The Main Street Fires
Three fires, all in the dead of winter, devastated downtown Wilton; the last came in 1885 precisely eleven years to the day of the first in 1874.   

Ring's Ambrosia
“The Greatest Healer on Earth” was a salve that was sold all over America in the late 19th and early 20th century out of a modest home-based factory in West Wilton. presided over by a quintessential Yankee, Philander Ring.   

The Wilton Artists' Colony

Wilton has a long history as an artists’ colony - from the late 19th century on, a group of world class artists found this town to be a place that inspired them.

Wilton Station

With an original building erected in 1831 (replaced several times), the Wilton Station saw  many years of active train service to/from Boston, until the slow demise of passenger and freight service in the 1950's.

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