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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


OPEN OUTSIDE, CLOSED INSIDE -- explore the site’s history through interpretive signs with photos and links to online material, pick up a scavenger hunt at the parking lot kiosk and submit your answers for a chance to win a prize, figure out the three Visitor Center “What Is It?” window displays, and picnic, play catch, read, paint, etc. – there are over 8 acres of shady and sunny spots to enjoy!

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