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As early as 1787 Weston began to grow and prosper. At the advent of the Civil War, Weston was a busy crossroad for agriculture and small scale manufacturing.
When the Merritt Parkway was completed in 1940, access to New York City improved. And with the improvement of railroad travel, it became easier yet to commute to New York City through the train stations in either Westport or Wilton. Artists began to take advantage of the simpler and attractive country life, now accessible in just an hour’s travel from New York City.
Noting this trend, and with logic of forethought, business executives also moved into the picturesque community that had its feet firmly planted in “today”, but its roots well grounded in yesterday.
To ensure the continuation of its rural charm and natural beauty, Weston adapted two acre residential zoning in 1953, thereby effectively limiting commercial development to a small but convenient area. Eight retail shops, a gas station, post office, a bank and the very best market around comprise what is known as Weston Center, a small hub in which villagers can meet and shop. The Weekly Farmer’s Market, located on the public school campus adjacent to town, is always a treat for locals and visitors alike during summer weekend mornings.
Weston’s elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools share a 113 acre campus. Connected by a common drive, the complex boasts eight athletic fields. A wide variety of programs are available, from drama, music, math and computers, to special education. The school system, small in size yet great in scope, is recognized nationally as a blue ribbon school for academic excellence. They are justifiably proud of their record, which sends nearly 100% of graduates on to higher education.
A plethora of sports activities are available through Weston’s Town Recreation Department. Although Weston is inland, its residents have full rights to use Westport’s private beaces.
Weston’s residents have created a small community filled with opportunity for people of all ages. Its roads and lanes, its historic district and antique homes, its stone walls and vintage fences, even its Memorial Day Country Fair, represent the peace and beauty of the area.