Drive -- or walk -- into the town's historic "campus" encompassing Town Hall Green and other properties off Old Post Road, and visitors see Old Town Hall over here, the 18th-century Sun Tavern over there. A little farther into the property, behind the Burr Homestead are gardens that unfold alongside Sullivan-Independence Hall. To the east of that are the restored Victorian Cottage and the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

Oh, and there's also a soccer field.

Depending on what's going on when, parking can be tight and navigating through the circuitous driveways is difficult. And while visitors enter the parking lot at Sullivan-Independence through the museum's parking lot and driveway, they can't leave Sullivan-Independence the same way.

But the museum, which manages the historic area for the town, hopes to secure a $10,000 federal grant to address the issues.

The Board of Selectmen last week unanimously endorsed the museum's request to submit the grant application to the state's Historic Preservation Office, which administers the grant.

According to the application, the funding would be used to conduct a landscape and traffic engineering study, with the goal to "improve access to the town's historic green." The engineer would analyze the traffic flow, while a landscape architect would provide a plan to "revitalize the historic landscape."

First Selectman Michael Tetreau said the study would help balance the interests of the historic properties with the day-to-day needs of the municipal offices.