First settled in 1789, Wilton was originally called Tyngtown, in honor
of William Tyng of Massachusetts, the original grantee of the town.
Today, Wilton is a pretty New England community on the shore of Wilson
Lake with a population of 4,200. While boasting several small businesses,
it still has a wonderful sense of a quiet small town.
Wilton is the home of the Bass Weegun shoe; world-famous Forster Manufacturing,
maker of croquet sets and plastic cutlery; and the only fiddlehead canning
factory in the country.
Wilton's historic downtown is growing with the revitalization of the
original G H Bass shoe factory. The 100-year-old building is filled
with an art studio, offices, and a class A restaurant and banquet hall.
ICT telemarketing has located in Wilton in the G H Bass complex on Weld
Wilton hosts its famous two-day Blueberry Festival on the first weekend
in August every year. This festival features three parades (a traditional
parade with floats, a parade of animals, and a doll carriage parade),
a fireman's muster, pie eating and baking contests, a chicken barbecue,
clogging, puppetry, a 10K race around Wilson Lake (and a IK race for
youngsters), and a Coke bottle race.