Norwalk has a population of 84,437 and is located in Fairfield County. The name Norwalk derives from the Algonquin tribal word meaning “point of land.” Norwalk has many sites that are registered on the National Register of Historic places, including three lighthouses: the Sheffield Island Lighthouse, the Greens Ledge Lighthouse and the Peck Ledge Lighthouse. Other historic locations have been preserved for their architecture. The Haviland and Elizabeth Street and the Handford Place Historic District are on the list capturing their Italianate, Queen Anne style and Second Empire architecture while the Former Joseph Loth Company Building preserves history with it's Romanesque Revival clocktower which is 85 feet high.
Once nick-named the “Oyster Town,” Norwalk is home to the annual Oyster Festival each year on the weekend after Labor Day. The Norwalk Harbor Splash! Festival takes place in the summer with food vendors and dragon boat races as well as arts and craft booths and music. Other summer festivals include the Norwalk Boat Show, Kayak for a Cause and the SoNo Arts Celebration.
For antique hunters, the Lockwood Matthews Mansion Museum hosts an antiques show each year in October. In celebration of ethnic cultures the St George Greek Orthodox Festival is held each year in June with a large carnival with Greek food and dance. The Scottish celebrate their history at the Round Hill Highland Games with traditional games, garb and cuisine.