An active, friendly town, Wilton combines a New England, a country atmosphere with cosmopolitan sophistication.Originally, Wilton grew from a small settlement of farmers who had established 'The Wilton Society' as a northern band of their Norwalk church parish.In 1852, the steam engine brought wealthy summer visitors, who sought the beautiful natural surroundings of bucolic hills, streams, and ponds. After World War II, Wilton began the steady transformation from modest town to premier residential community it is today.Well-educated and civic-minded, the citizenry takes pride in Wilton's historic district, conservation, land trusts, and Wilton's many town-wide celebrations and activities. Local zoning is carefully controlled. Architecturally significant landmarks are preserved and restored. Styles of homes range from early colonials to dramatic contemporaries to the ultimate in luxurious new construction.The recipient of national awards, Wilton's education system draws many families' as advocates. The instructional approach emphasizes not only the basic skills, but also development in the arts and various sports programs.