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Norwalkers crowd Mill Hill for July 4th commemoration and fun

A Norwalk family enjoys the Revolutionary War encampment July 4 at Mill Hill. (John Levin)

Norwalk Town Clerk Rick McQuaid. (John Levin)

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NORWALK, Conn. — It’s obvious from John Levin’s photos that a good time was had by all who attended the annual July 4 celebration at Mill Hill.

Reenactors from the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution depicted soldiers from the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot in a Revolutionary War encampment, according to the Norwalk Historical Society’s website.  Levin, who is Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc. Board Chairman, took photos and provided them to NancyOnNorwalk.

Levin’s photos are a Norwalk Who’s Who, from the usual dignitaries to families who came out to see Town Clerk Rick McQuaid read the Declaration of Independence and to hear the bell toll 13 times in commemoration of the founding of the original 13 colonies.

Were you there? Will you share your thoughts below?

Enjoy this photo album, courtesy of John Levin.

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Norwalk Historical Commission Chairman David Westmoreland. (John Levin)

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7 comments

Rick July 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

Awesome pictures John,thank you Rick McQuaid for all that you do for our city.Some of the best coverage of our city seen reflects what Nancy does best.

Mike Mushak July 8, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Thank you John Levin and NoN for these great photos and story! It was an awesome day of history, education, diversity, and community. We all learned so much about the African-American history of Norwalk and the colonies during the Revolutionary War.

It was also personally satisfying to see 10 years of hard work on improving Mill Hill, and transforming it into our premier historical park, be thoroughly enjoyed by hundreds of visitors at once.

This decade-long renaissance happened due to countless contributions of time, energy, and money by the board and volunteers and staff of the Norwalk Historical Society, commitments by various city and state agencies especially Rec and Parks, the Historical Commission, DPW, Redevelopment Agency, elected and appointed officials especially Mayor Moccia, Mayor Rilling, Common Council esp Doug Hempstead who got it all going years ago (with a last-minute appropriation!) , the Boy Scouts, and the Norwalk Garden Club.

And I have to humbly mention our (that’s me and David Westmoreland) landscape design company Tuliptree Site Design Inc who adopted this beautiful site years ago as the primary recipient of donated time and materials to help offset the limited resources of the city, and we continue to care for the historic cultural landscape and cemetery like it’s our own backyard.

Sometimes it was frustrating and slow, but we can look back and feel proud about the progress we have made and how many folks are now enjoying this valuable historic asset. When we installed all the outdoor informational signage last year, it was the realization of our dream to turn this site into a true outdoor museum and destination for school groups, tourists, and just everyday citizens of Norwalk who might want to learn more about the rich history of our great city.

Buji July 8, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Kudos to all involved!

You gotta love that picture of Rilling & Duff posing with big rope as if they are saying – “who will we Hang out to dry out next?”.

Christine M. July 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

That was one of the best Independence Day presentations that has been at Mill Hill (and I think I’ve been to all of them!). Great job, NHS!

Mike Mushak July 9, 2018 at 10:58 am

I forgot to list the strong support of Senator Bob Duff for the Mill Hill improvements and programs in my comment above. Much appreciated by everyone, including his cutting and serving of the ice cold watermelon at Mill Hill on the steamy hot 4th of July!

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