Norwalk Historical Society

• Mill Hill Historic Park •
2 East Wall St. • Norwalk, CT

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1640
Norwalk, CT 06852

Tel: (203) 846-0525

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Copyright ©2006
Norwalk Historical Society

  Teachers: click here to download the Little Red Schoolhouse Program Guide.

Click here for Little Red Schoolhouse Program slideshow.

Click here for June 2007 Norwalk Advocate newspaper coverage.

NHS Volunteer Fred Anderson, portraying Governor Thomas Fitch, explains 18th-century writing tools to a visiting 3rd-grade class in Mill Hill's c.1740 Governor Fitch Law Office.

In the early 1970s, Norwalk’s historic one-room school house known as the 1826  “Downtown District School House” was threatened by demolition to make way for progress, the Connecticut Turnpike. The Norwalk Historical Society acted quickly to save and move the School House to the Mill Hill Historic Park in 1971, and the rest is history!

For over 30 years, Norwalk’s 3rd grade school children have participated in the “Little Red School House” program at Mill Hill Historic Park. This unique educational program presents the early history of Norwalk in an exciting and engaging format that complements the 3rd grade history curriculum. Hundreds of school children visit Mill Hill each year for this program.

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A class learns about colonial cooking techniques in the kitchen of the Governor Fitch Law Office.

We encourage the children and teachers to get into the spirit by arriving dressed in their version of 19th century costume with assigned colonial names to truly experience early Norwalk history. They are greeted by a costumed re-enactor who interprets the life and duties of Colonial Governor Thomas Fitch in the c.1740 Governor’s Law Office. The program also includes a tour of the 1835 Town House and NHS award-winning historical exhibition “The Firelands: Reparations for the Burning of Norwalk.”

The NHS continues to strive to develop creative ways to bring history to life for the children of our community.

We welcome volunteers and sponsors to support the “Little Red School House” program. To sponsor or volunteer for the program, please call VivianLea Stevens, NHS Executive Director, at (203) 845-0525.

Fred Anderson explains how beds were constructed in the clerk's bedroom on the second floor of the Governor Fitch Law Office.
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