The small town of Wilton offers everything from history to recreation and education. Wilton (formerly Wilton Junction) is a city in Cedar and Muscatine Counties in Iowa. It is situated in the Muscatine Area, just 25 miles west of Davenport, 12 miles north of Muscatine, and 30 miles east of Iowa City. With a growing population of about 2,800, the Muscatine County portion of Wilton is part of the Muscatine Metropolitan and offers residents the opportunity to take advantage of eastern Iowa’s larger cities while still enjoying the comforts and security the smaller communities on the other side offer.
Iowa is known for its high quality of life, but Wilton definitely takes the cake! The cost of living is one of the lowest in the state and the U.S. as a whole. With a variety of different schools, regions, and suburbs to choose from, Wilton boasts the best of whatever worlds you are looking for. The community is tight-knit, helpful, and supportive, which is why many folks opt to live in Wilton and commute to larger areas like Davenport and Muscatine:, because of the close relationships they’ve built here.
This eastern Iowa community is also investing in its future by restoring its eclectic past. From restoring original 19th-century homes and businesses to their original glory to promoting small businesses and local boutiques, Wilton is working towards making their houses feel even more like home.
History buffs love Wilton! Fuller, W. Joseph, House, Downtown Commercial Historic District, as well as Pine Mill Bridge, are all must-sees here. Not to mention the Candy Kitchen! If you want to experience a true blast from the past, this nostalgic ice cream parlor is where it’s at. The Candy Kitchen is on the National Historic Register and, although it has received a few facelifts, it still maintains its unique structure and original charm. There’s also a museum in the back where you can learn more about its history, the many celebrities who have stopped in for a treat, and so much more.
Residents rave about the teachers and schools, as well as how supportive this community truly is. Friendly, clean, and electric—everyone comes together for local sporting events, fairs, and holidays. There are a wide variety of homes, apartments, and townhouse complexes available on both sides of Wilton, and because the city is surrounded by so many large communities that have major employers (hospitals, schools, manufacturers, etc.), there are a number of places to work in a variety of different industries.
The city of Wilton is dedicated to fostering a thriving community that promotes the advancements of retail, industrial, and civic developments throughout its entirety. From hosting Small Business Saturdays to promoting city-wide events that bring people from all over the region together to support local businesses and up-and-coming projects, Wilton just delivers. The major industries in Wilton include
The city of Wilton also plays a major role in aiding new and existing businesses, too. But just 12 miles away you’ll find a city with even more industries to choose from, and then 30 miles away another, and then 40 miles away… You get the picture. Its proximity to the Quad Cities gives residents the opportunity to work at places like the Genesis Health System, John Deere, HNI, Trinity Rock Island, Trinity Muscatine, and more.
If you and your loved ones are looking for a place in the center of it all—small town vibes with a big city feel—Wilton is one of the best places to look. Its proximity to the Quad Cities, Muscatine, Chicago, and of course, the Mississippi, make it a great place to put down roots whether you’re single or starting a family.
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Mr. Christian Marolf was the first white settler to build a home in the area that was to be known as Wilton in the new state of Iowa (1846). It was he who came in July 1849, and owned a small log house by the German Lutheran church. When he built his home Mr. Marolf could only see the home of Mr. Stearns just west of town on the south side of the Moscow road. Mr. Marolf was soon followed by Mr. Ben Maurer in 1850 whose land now comprises North Wilton and Peter Marolf in 1851, which is now known as Marolf’s addition. The city was once home to the Wilton German English College from 1894 to 1905. The campus of the college was later turned into City Park, and some of the college’s buildings remain to this day.
Wilton has a library/community center building in the northeast section of the city, near the high school that provides numerous resources to residents. Historic sites include the Wilton Candy Kitchen, which is the oldest ice cream parlor in the world, and the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad depot built in 1898. Both are in the downtown area and on the National Register of Historic Places. Wilton has four parks. The City Park in the heart of the town has an indoor swimming pool as well as a playground, shelter house and baseball field. Westview Park is on the west side of town and has tennis courts, playground equipment, a walking path, and a ball field. Elder Park is in the downtown area and has a small picnic area. Cherrydale Park on the south side contains three baseball fields and a playground.
The Wilton Community School District, which is home to the Wilton Beavers who play in the Cedar Valley Conference, serves Wilton, Moscow, and the surrounding rural areas. The school district includes an elementary school and a junior/senior high school. Cornerstone Christian School is a private elementary school that is also located in Wilton, at Heartland Fellowship Church of Wilton.