Henry Whitfield State Museum
248 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437 - United States
Explore four centuries of Connecticut history through the evolution of the Henry Whitfield House. Reverend Henry Whitfield and his family were part of the group of English Puritans who founded Guilford in 1639 for religious freedom. Built of local granite and restored in the 1930s, the Whitfield House is now Connecticut’s oldest house, New England’s oldest stone house, and a National Historic Landmark.
Whitfield House — Take a self-guided tour through three floors filled with furnishings and artifacts, tour the introductory exhibit The Old Stone House detailing the house’s history, and test your observational skills with an educational scavenger hunt.
Gift Shop – Browse a wide selection of gifts and souvenirs, including historical reproductions, toys and games, and books for adults and children.
Tourism Information Center – Pick up brochures and maps, learn about upcoming local events, and get answers to your travel questions about Guilford and throughout Connecticut.
Exhibit Galleries – Explore history exhibits and hands-on activities that change each year (included with museum admission).
Research Library – Make an appointment to research your family’s genealogy, local history, and the 1600s. There is no charge to use the library.
Education Building — Tour history displays and try hands-on activities in the site’s repurposed 1870s barn.
Grounds — Stroll the landscaped site that features extensive stone walls, a bronze statue representing Henry Whitfeld, a ship’s cannon from the War of 1812, and a spur of the New England Trail that runs from Long Island Sound in Guilford through New Hampshire.
Parking is free. Please allow approximately one hour for your visit.
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