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Discover a piece of Connecticut history. Guilford, settled in 1639, is located on Connecticut’s shoreline. With an expansive Town Green at its center, Guilford is a warm and vibrant community with the charm of an old New England village.  Guilford has something for everyone – whether you love history, outdoor activities, or you are... Read More

Guilford, settled in 1639, is a charming town rich in history, with lots to offer the modern day visitor. Guilford is known for its Town Green, which has been voted, “Best in New England.”   With the feel of an old New England village, the Green is the center of activity, playing host to unique shopping and dining, galleries, historic sightseeing, and numerous family friendly events and activities. Bustling Route One in Guilford also offers our guests many varied attractions. Guilford is blessed with nature’s treasurers; including the seashore, lakes, rivers, forests, hills, and granite ledges. You can spend time boating, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at the beach. Golfers can also enjoy a round of golf on one of the top-rated executive par 3 courses in New England. Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll, or prefer a Segway tour, Guilford offers something for everyone, young and old alike. Please come and visit our gem on the shoreline, and discover a piece of Connecticut history.

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Facts about Guilford

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1639.

Named from:

  • Named from Guildford parish in Surrey. Indian name, "Menunkatuck."

County:

  • New Haven.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Nick Fradiani, 2015 American Idol winner.
  • Paul Marcarelli, actor/writer/director; known for “Can you hear me now?” tagline.
  • Becki Newton, actor, Ugly Betty.
  • Morris Pleasure, musician/songwriter/producer of Earth Wind and Fire, 1993-2001.
  • C.D.B. Bryan, author, Friendly Fire.
  • Moses Gunn, actor, Roots and others.
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck, Poet, statue is in Central Park.
  • Colleen McCullough, author, The Thorn Birds, others.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect, most famous for Central Park in NYC.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Guilford Green, the historic Town Center with museums, shops, restaurants.
  • Guilford shoreline with marina, beaches, Grass Island Shack, Faulkner’s Island Light House.
  • Historic house museums  wich include Henry Whitfield State Museum, Hyland House, Thomas Griswold, Medad Stone Tavern, and The Dudley Farm.
  • Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery.
  • Golf course and hiking trails.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Frosty 5K Road Race, January
  • Winter Carnival, February
  • Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, Spring
  • Donkey and Mule Festival, May
  • Memorial Day Parade, May
  • Strawberry Social, June
  • Little Folks Fair, June
  • Lobsterfest, June
  • Fireworks, July
  • Art Center Craft Expo, July
  • Community Picnic, July
  • Jewish Festival, Summer
  • Concerts on the Green, Summer
  • Farmers Market, summer (limited fall and winter)
  • St George Church Carnival, August
  • Shakespeare on the Shoreline, August
  • Wine Festival, August
  • Agricultural Fair, September
  • Faulkner’s Island Light House Tour, September
  • Citizen’s Day Parade, September
  • Taste of the Shoreline, September
  • Chowder Challenge, Fall
  • Holiday Tree Lighting, December

Quality of the town/city:

  • Guilford, settled in 1639, is a charming town rich in history, with lots to offer the modern day visitor. Guilford is known for its Town Green, which has been voted, “Best in New England.”   With the feel of an old New England village, the Green is the center of activity, playing host to unique shopping and dining, galleries, historic sightseeing, and numerous family friendly events and activities. Bustling Route One in Guilford also offers our guests many varied attractions. Guilford is blessed with nature’s treasurers; including the seashore, lakes, rivers, forests, hills, and granite ledges. You can spend time boating, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at the beach. Golfers can also enjoy a round of golf on one of the top-rated executive par 3 courses in New England. Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll, or prefer a Segway tour, Guilford offers something for everyone, young and old alike. Please come and visit our gem on the shoreline, and discover a piece of Connecticut history.
 

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