The historic Gallaher Mansion’s expansive great lawn, stone terrace and sculpture gardens provide a handsome, and romantic, backdrop to wedding, parties and other events. Smaller gatherings can take advantage of the French walnut-paneled meeting rooms all year long.

Surrounded by 227 acres of park land, the mansion is a classic example of the Tudor Revival style of architecture. Designed by Percy L. Fowler, the building was modeled after St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at the Norwalk Green. Completed in 1931, it boasts carved limestone shields, hand-painted stained glass, a heavy slate roof and cross gables that help punctuate its medieval style.

Built by industrialist Edward Beach Gallaher during the Great Depression it was both a statement of his success and a showcase of devices that likely intrigued the successful inventor. An elevator, an “annunciator” (we’d call it an intercom today), and an incinerator were among the modern conveniences that filled the interior.

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 holds about 100 people for seating indoors. It and a nearby picnic pavilion are available for private functions and managed by Norwalk Recreation and Parks, 203-854-7806.