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Henry Whitfield State Museum

248 Old Whitfield St, Guilford, CT 06437-3459
+1 203-453-2457
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A gem to find, built in 1639 and well-preserved home and outbuildings.

We found this place by accident just driving north and east up the coast from New Haven. I wish we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lelaChicago
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Round Lake Park, Illinois
Surprisingly large!

This is a really big home. For the steps I was expecting a small dwelling but it had three floors... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Debra C
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Salisbury, Maryland
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The Henry Whitfield State Museum is the site of Connecticut's oldest house -- the Whitfield House was built in 1639 for the Reverend Henry Whitfield, one of the founders of Guilford. Now a museum for over 100 years, self-guided tours include three floors of antique furnishings and local artifacts, an 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.
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248 Old Whitfield St, Guilford, CT 06437-3459
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place by accident just driving north and east up the coast from New Haven. I wish we had had time to tour the village as well - Guilford looks like a quaint little downtown to pop into. The Whitfield house is over...More

Thank lelaChicago
HenryWhitfieldMuseum, Museum Curator at Henry Whitfield State Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing the museum! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really big home. For the steps I was expecting a small dwelling but it had three floors and largerooms. The museum staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend touring home and site. It's located about a quarter mile south...More

Thank Debra C
HenryWhitfieldMuseum, Museum Curator at Henry Whitfield State Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Debra! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here on way to the beach. Interesting place, but significantly changed over the years. Lots of conjecture about how the original building looked. The stone construction and large size is not typical for the early 1600's. Place was built by wealthy individual and used...More

Thank markeo16
HenryWhitfieldMuseum, Museum Curator at Henry Whitfield State Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for reviewing the museum! Please let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can improve our visitor experience.

Reviewed 4 September 2017

Although the house has been changed over the years by "restorers" and others, it is a wonderful way to learn the story of life in the early European colonies. Well-furnished with antique artifacts, one can get a real sense of early life here. There are...More

Thank ConnecticutLocavore
HenryWhitfieldMuseum, Museum Curator at Henry Whitfield State Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum! We really appreciate the feedback and have discussed it with our docents to prevent errors like this one from happening again.

Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

A great hidden gem of Connecticut's and America's colonial history. The staff was very knowledgeable and engaging. Our kids, 9 and 6, really enjoyed the scavenger hunt! The ticket price was quite reasonable too and hold on to them because it will get you a...More

1  Thank SKellingworth
HenryWhitfieldMuseum, Museum Curator at Henry Whitfield State Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you - - we really appreciate the feedback! We're glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again.

Reviewed 10 April 2017

This is actually a very interesting local museum. Doesn't take very long, interesting history, and beautiful grounds.

Thank Teresa S
HenryWhitfieldMuseum, Museum Curator at Henry Whitfield State Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thank you! We appreciate you taking the time to review our museum, and we're glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Whitefield Museum wont take you long - but if you are interested in history and are in the general area - I highly recommend this. It was built almost 400 years ago (!!!) and the tour gives you a great feel for what it...More

Thank AlexFunTrip
HenryWhitfieldMuseum, Museum Curator at Henry Whitfield State Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our trip to the museum. As one interested in the field of architecture preservation this was fascinating because this home has been manipulated so much through time. Unlike a normal house museum, this is not a house museum because the building...More

Thank Greatsource
Reviewed 5 November 2016

My husband and I were on a business trip to CT. We decided to spend the preceding weekend in a B&B in Westbrook and explore the area. Our hostess had grown up in Guilford and suggested a Sunday drive. We were checking our route on...More

Thank Donna H
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Not many things the state of Ct. runs that is done correctly, maybe this is a rarity. Very we'll run. Nice little gift shop and the house can be guided tour or self walk. Spend as little or as much time as possible. We were...More

Thank corrinesdad
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