Formerly independent, today Rowayton
is the Sixth Taxing District of the City of Norwalk. Norwalk is unique
among the municipalities of Connecticut in its manner of governance
- and the manner in which the various public utilities, cultural assets
and tax structures of a half-dozen distinct communities were joined
together to form the City of Norwalk in the 1920's. Despite the passage
of seventy years, the communities have maintained their characteristic
Picturesque Rowayton lies at the mouth
of the Five Mile River, adjacent to Darien, CT. During the past 100
years the community has seen the surges of several industries within
its borders; farming, clamming, resort and recreation, and the arts.
With a population of under 4,000 in
approximately 1,500 households, Rowayton has kept it's village-like
character, including its volunteer fire department - the only remaining
volunteer department in Norwalk.
The residents of Rowayton are very
supportive of the many organizations and activities which give the "village"
its robust and well-rounded lifestyle: the Civic Association (including
its many youth programs), Library, Arts Center, Gardeners Club, Historical
Society, and Yacht Club represent a few of those organizations.
Despite the small size of the community two churches lie within Rowayton's
borders; United Church (non-denominational) and the United Methodist
Church. Also, Rowayton is included in St. Joseph's Parish and is convenient
to area synagogues.
This century Rowayton has attracted
many artists and authors, who endeared by its charm, have called the
community home. Their presence gave life to the Rowayton
Arts Center and coupled with the idyllic setting of Pinkney Park,
the stage was set for the newest cultural addition to the area "Shakespeare
on the Sound".
Our area's excellent
public schools are well described on this site - and if you have
a few extra moments, scan the historic
exhibits, some of which document the birth of the first business
computer in Rowayton.
Tour our virtual village and visit
its various pages to get the full flavor of life in Rowayton. Further
information describing the area is available on the Norwalk pages.