NORWALK - Residents in southwestern Connecticut took part today in Open House Day.

The Connecticut Department of Tourism says the event allowed residents to discover and rediscover the state's arts, history and tourism offerings with a variety of special incentives, such as discounted or free admission or special exhibits and activities.

More than 200 organizations and attractions, including the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk, were included in the event.

Organizers say the annual Open House Day is a good opportunity to learn about the people who influenced Connecticut's past.