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Henry Whitfield State Museum

Connecticut's oldest house (1639) and New England's oldest stone house. Visitor center with special exhibits, tourist information, gift shop, and research library. 

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Built in 1639 for the Reverend Henry Whitfield, one of the founders of Guilford, the house was considered an "ancient relic" even over 175 years ago. It opened as a museum in 1904. Self-guided tours include three floors of antique furnishings and local artifacts, the introductory exhibit "The Old Stone House," as well as changing exhibits in the Visitor Center and displays in the Education Building. No admission is required for visiting the gift shop or using the research library. The museum hosts special events throughout the year, culminating in the annual Firelight Festival the second Friday after Thanksgiving.

This is a Connecticut Blue Star Museum which invites active military personnel and their families to visit free of charge all summer long. For militaryqualifications and complete list of all participating museums visit

View Connecticut Public Television's "Connecticut Cultural Treasures" on the Henry Whitfield State Museum.


Tour time: 30-60 minutes

Pricing: Free for children 12 and younger, $5 for seniors, and $6 for everyone else.

Other Amenities: Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Indoor Activity, Store, Toilets, Hiking Trails



248 Old Whitfield St.
Guilford, CT 06437


To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the museum is closed until further notice. In the meantime, you can: 1) Visit the museum's Facebook page for fun and educational posts, and 2) Visit the museum grounds -- please practice safe social distancing.

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