|Friends of Cranbury Park is a nonprofit citizens alliance working in partnership with the public and the city of Norwalk to preserve, protect, and enhance Cranbury Park. We’re dog owners, nature lovers, history buffs, photographers, disc golfers, parents, kids, bikers, trail runners, picnickers, government officials and, well, basically a group of people who love and look out for Norwalk’s largest park.
Our projects range from park cleanups, arts and entertainment to participating on city committees that chart the park’s future. Work by FCP members resulted in Cranbury Park’s nomination to the State Registry of Historic Places in 2010 and placement of the Gallaher Mansion on the National Registry in 2011.The park, on the Norwalk-Wilton border, consists of 227 acres surrounding the historic Gallaher Mansion, a classic example of the Tudor Revival style of architecture. Built by inventor-industrialist Edward Beach Gallaher during the Great Depression it was both a statement of his success and a showcase for the modern conveniences that exemplified American ingenuity.
Beyond the great lawn and mansion, Cranbury Park offers wooded trails, a dog park, pavilion and a regulation disc golf course that winds in and out of the forest. This is an excellent destination for enjoying the outdoors, discovering a piece of Norwalk’s history or exchanging vows.
The Gallaher Mansion and picnic pavilion are available for private functions and managed by Norwalk Recreation and Parks.
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