Address
248 Old Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437
phone: 203-453-2457
fax: 203-453-7544
e-mail: whitfield.museum@ct.gov
web: www.cultureandtourism.org
Hours
Until spring 2011, museum is open weekdays by appointment only.
Admissions
$8 adults; $6 seniors & college students with ID; $5 youth (6-17); 5 & under free
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Mr. Michael A. McBride, Museum Curator & Site Administrator
phone: 203-453-2457
Sarah LaBell, Museum Guide & Educator
Karin Peterson, Museum Director

Description

Visitors may tour three buildings on the site. At the Visitor Center, you can pick up travel information in the lobby, browse through the gift shop, view changing exhibits in two galleries, or use the research library. In the Whitfield House, you can take a self-guided tour through three floors filled with 17th-19th century furnishings and artifacts. The introductory exhibit, The Old Stone House, details the house's history, and museum staff is available to answer questions. Educational game sheets are offered to children (but they're so interesting that many adults take them through the museum as well!). The Education building offers other hands-on activities and historical exhibits. A stroll around the landscaped grounds, featuring extensive stonewalls, a bronze statue representing Henry Whitfield, and a ship’s cannon from the War of 1812, completes the tour. Please allow approximately one hour for your visit.

Museum is oldest house in Connecticut & oldest stone house in New England. In addition to showcasing colonial life, an introductory exhibit interprets the early historic preservation movement.

History

State began negotiations to purchase house in 1899; museum opened to the public in 1904.

Artifacts Collections

17-19th century furniture and household furnishings and domestic accessories; militaria

Research Collections

Research library with emphasis on local history & geneaology

Educational Programs

Range of public programs including lectures, gallery tours, andliving history included with admission fee. Discount admission for groups of 10 or more; special school tours.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: Yes

    Services

    Gift Shop

    Group Tours