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{Visitors with a costumed interpreter in the Whitfield House}

Henry Whitfield State Museum


{2017 Calendar of Events}  Click for 2017 Calendar of Events

{The Lure of Fishing}
May 3-October 22 - 10:00-4:30 pm

The Lure of Fishing: Gear Through the Years
Exhibit of antique fishing gear, including rods, reels, lures, and creels, plus Guilford fishing images and anecdotes. Play a fishing game. Included with admission.

{Guilford Goes Global}

May 3-October 29 - 10:00-4:30 pm
Guilford Goes Global
Display of visitor photos capturing the museum’s Guilford magnet in locales around the world. Free admission.


{The Lure of Fishing}

May 21 - 1:00-4:30 pm
The Lure of Fishing

Opening celebration for the new exhibit "The Lure of Fishing: Gear Through the Years." Reel in a snack at the goldfish cracker bar! Included with admission.

{Puritans at Play!}

June 10 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Puritans at Play on Connecticut Open House Day

Have fun with a variety of historical games and old-time toys, including bubble wands, draughts, graces, and jackstraws. Free admission.

{Early Guilford Days Family Festival}

July 29 & 30 – 11:00-4:00 pm

Early Guilford Days Family Festival

Craft demonstrations and sales: wool spinning by Janice Steinhagen (Griswold, CT) on Saturday, 17th-century reproduction furniture by Paul Rulli Reproductions (Woodstock, CT) on Sunday, and tinsmithing by Lance Kozikowski (Coventry, CT) both days. Joint program with Historic Guilford museums: Dudley Farm Museum, Hyland House Museum, Medad Stone Tavern Museum, and Thomas Griswold House Museum. $10 for admission to all 5 museums for both days. Free for children 12 and younger.

{Holidaze display}
September 23-October 29 - 10:00-4:30 pm
Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas
Display exploring the origins and myths of the holidays from ancient Rome to 21st-century commercialism. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations for the Guilford Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Included with admission.

{Halloween Hysterics}

October 28 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s

The lights will be off in Connecticut's oldest house, so bring a flashlight to explore  even the basement, which may have a few surprises for visitors brave enough to venture there. Enjoy craft activities, displays on the Whitfield/Salem witch trial connection and the cemeteries under the Guilford Green, tours of the Holidaze exhibit, and candy. Included with admission.

{Harvesting History}
November 24 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Harvesting History

Reproduction trade items, samples of 17th-century foods, “Make Your Marke” quill pen activity, reading of the Pilgrim Cat storybook each hour, and tours of the Holidaze exhibit. Included with admission.

{Firelight Festival}
December 1 – 4:00-8:00 pm

Firelight Festival

Festive luminaria, outdoor fires, popcorn, roasted marshmallows, hot cider, hot chocolate, Connecticut’s oldest house after dark, the Holidaze exhibit, natural holiday ornaments crafts, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Included with admission. No rain or snow date.

{Gift Shop}
November - December – 10:00-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Gift Shop Open

Find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and support the museum at the same time!


248 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437  ~  ~  203-453-2457