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Henry Whitfield State Museum

Explore the complex history of nearly four centuries through the evolution of the 1639 Whitfield House. The museum is in the process of changing its interpretation – confronting the facts about the site’s history in order to acknowledge past injustice, recognize how that injustice manifests in society today, and work towards an equitable... Read More

Explore the complex history of nearly four centuries through the evolution of the 1639 Whitfield House. The museum is in the process of changing its interpretation – confronting the facts about the site’s history to acknowledge past injustice, recognize how that injustice manifests in society today, and work towards an equitable future for all people.

Construction of the Henry Whitfield House began in 1639 when a group of English Puritans, including Reverend Henry Whitfield and his family, entered into an agreement with the Menuncatuck band of the Quinnipiac tribe. Built of local granite, the house was one of the colonial settlement’s four stone houses that functioned as defensive buildings and private homes. It is now considered to be Connecticut’s oldest house and New England’s oldest stone house. Since 1900, it has been owned and operated by the State of Connecticut as a public museum, and the site is a State Archaeological Preserve. The house underwent many structural changes over the course of its nearly 400 years. Restored by noted architects Norman Isham and J. Frederick Kelly in the early 1900s, it is an important example of Colonial Revival restoration work and was named a National Historic Landmark based on these historic preservation projects. The Henry Whitfield House is a physical reminder of the European settler colonialism of the 1600s, as well as the Colonial Revival era of the 1800s-1900s that celebrated and glorified European ethnocentricity and superiority.

Pricing: General admission $6, seniors $5, children (12 and under) free.

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, Gift Shop, Indoor Activity, Store, Toilets, Hiking Trails

Dates of Operation: May-October.

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Location:

248 Old Whitfield St.
Guilford, CT 06437

Hours:

Thu.-Sun. 10-4.

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