The is pleased to announce the continued restoration of the historic Comstock Barns, thanks in part to a 2012 Barn Grant awarded by The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. This is the second such grant the church has received from the Trust, the first being awarded in 2010.
“We are incredibly grateful for the financial support Wilton Congregational Church has received from The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation,” said Trustee and Buildings & Grounds chairman Bill Follett. “Built c.1850, the Comstock Barns are an important symbol of Wilton’s rich agricultural heritage. This restoration helps preserve the historic character of Wilton life for generations to come,”
The 2010 Barn Grant allowed the church to stabilize the entire fieldstone foundation, laying the groundwork for future restoration. This second grant will be used to stabilize or replace existing structural supports, add new foundation supports and install a new roof – a significant
step toward complete restoration! The grants are matched by a Barn Fund established by the church in 2010.
Located across from the church on the corner of Ridgefield and Belden Hill roads, the Comstock Barns represent the crossroads of Wilton’s 18th and 19th century life. They stand in the heart of the Wilton Center Historic District, a site listed on both the National and State Register of Historic Places, and were built adjacent to the Nathan Comstock house (c.1810) to serve the family’s
farming needs. The Wilton Congregational Church acquired the property in 1962 and the Comstock house serves as a parsonage.
Wilton Congregational Church thanks The Wilton Historic District and Historic Properties Commission, The Wilton
Historical Society, First Selectman William Brennan, State Senator Toni Boucher, State Representative Gail Lavielle and Robert H. Russell for their support of our Barn Grant application.
Should you wish to contribute to this important preservation project, please send your contribution to the Barn Fund
c/o Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897.