Images of America: Norwalk – Norwalk
Located on the shores of Long Island Sound, Norwalk’s close proximity to New York City prompted the building of many summer residences and guest cottages along its coast. In the summer, steamships and trolleys arrived with passengers looking to enjoy the local amusement park, Roton Point. Norwalk’s earliest industries included farming as well as mills powered by its rivers. The area has been famous for its pottery, oystering, and hat manufacturing. Over time, this community has endured disasters; it was burned during the American Revolution, and the flood of 1955 wiped out much of the Wall Street area as well as several bridges on the Norwalk River. Norwalk shares vintage images from the mid-1800s through the 1960s, highlighting memorable sites such as Old MacDonald’s Farm and the Melton Automobile Museum. The revitalization of Norwalk’s downtown areas proves it is possible to respect the past and those that came before through the renewal of historical architecture.
About Lisa Wilson Grant (Fairfield County, Connecticut Author)
Lisa Wilson Grant is a lifelong Norwalk, Connecticut resident who enjoys art and history, and especially the combination of the two. Grant is a Commissioner in the Norwalk Historical Commission, Board Member/Trustee of Rowayton Historical Society, and Chair of the Roton Point History Committee, an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Arts Center and Chapter Regent of the Norwalk-Village Green Chapter NSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Lisa Wilson Grant is the author of several local history books, “Images of America: Norwalk” which features vintage photographs and historical information about Norwalk, and a co-author of “Roton Point”- a Postcard History book of the former amusement park which was in Norwalk from the 1880s until 1941. Together with her husband Jordan, she draws landscape designs for Minuteman Land Services, Inc. She is an avid quilter, a photographer, member of Rowayton Gardeners and mother of two adult children, stepmother of one and grandmother of two boys.