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March 12, 2011

Verneur Pratt Historic District Approved by State!


NASH is very excited to announce that our third National Historic District nomination went through at the state level on Thursday, March 10. Leigh Grant and Christine Names attended. The nomination celebrates Verneur Pratt, an early pioneer in microfiche reading systems who actually devised the systems in his former barn in Silvermine. Both the barn and the house, that are together again under one ownership, are historically important structures on Perry Avenue above the Merritt Parkway, former properties of the Abraham Camp family, early settlers in Norwalk, and have enjoyed much love and care from their present owners. The final level of acceptance takes place at the federal level.


In addition to the Verneur Pratt structures, the nomination of the Gallaher House at Cranbury Park was also passed. Among those supporters were  Holly Cuzzone, Silvermine archaeologist, who wrote that nomination and Mike Mocciae, head of Norwalk Recreation and Parks. Congratulations!


The other two existing National Historic Districts in Silvermine are the Perry Avenue stone bridge over the Silvermine River and the 70 plus property Silvermine Center District centering on the Silvermine Tavern and extending into Wilton and New Canaan. Also in the works is another large district on Silvermine Avenue that NASH hopes to present to the state later this year. Phil Esser was the consultant on the Verneur Pratt NHD nomination and ACRC (of which Phil was formerly a partner) is handling Silvermine Avenue.  

Spring Forward

Remember to change your clocks.  Daylight saving time 2011 starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, when most states spring forward an hour.  Time will fall back to standard time again on Sunday, November 6, 2011, when daylight saving time ends.

Norwalk & Mark Twain 

Made possible by the Silvermine Community Association  

in cooperation with the Silvermine Arts Center

This lively and humorous presentation was written as part of the Mark Twain Centennial Project. Learn how Samuel Clemens personally touched the lives of a number of Norwalkers - some prominent, and others notorious - during his lifetime, and inspired the art of others after his death.  Presented by Ed & Madeleine Eckert, long-time Silverminers and local historians.

Sunday, March 13th 4:00PM

Silvermine Arts Center

1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan


Free and open to the public but space is limited!  

Click Here to Reserve Tickets Now  

Request for Proposal

Public Art Opportunity - South Norwalk Railroad Station


The City of Norwalk Parking Authority, in collaboration with the Norwalk Arts Commission's Art in Public Spaces Program, invites proposals from all qualified professional artists, or teams of artists from Norwalk, Connecticut, Fairfield County and/or the surrounding metropolitan area to submit proposals for a permanent art installation designed for the South Norwalk train station located at 24 Monroe Street, Norwalk, Ct. 06854.  This project is open to all artists, ages 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, military status, or physical or mental disability.  The permanent art installation may be constructed from existing pieces or may be commissioned but must be original artwork.  


The area of installation will be on the Eastbound side of the South Norwalk Railroad Station and through the tunnel that connects to the Westbound side and should posses a historic railroad theme connecting the essence of the surrounding community.  Proposers should also include concepts about how the tunnel might be used to generate advertising revenue consistent with the public art concept and themes.


Funding for this project is made available through a grant provided by the Federal Transportation Enhancement Public Art Program.  


The full RFP application and documents will be available on or before April 7, 2011 by downloading from the City of Norwalk's website at 


Any questions, contact Kathryn Hebert, Director of the Norwalk Parking Authority at 203-854-7736 or  

Our Mission
The mission of the Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners (NASH) is to provide a voice for Silvermine as a historic, cultural and natural resource. We support a vision of a rural neighborhood within whose boundaries change can continue to occur while the feeling of community and the "sense of place" remain strong, the important historic structures are preserved, and the existing biodiversity, in all its richness, is not compromised.
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mailing address:  NASH, P.M.B 731, Norwalk, CT 06850
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Lee Levey, President; Christine Names, Vice President; Eric Nelson, Secretary; Linda Lee, Treasurer; Heather Dunn; Leigh Finley; Leigh Grant; John Kahler; Alex Modica; Sue Palinkos
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