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{Visitors with a costumed interpreter in the Whitfield House}

Henry Whitfield State Museum


{2016 Calendar of Events}  Click for 2016 Calendar of Events

May 4-December 11 - 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.

May 4-September 18 - 10:00-4:30 pm

Kid Stuff: Children's Items in the Museum Collection
Display of children's clothes, dolls, samplers, artwork, school exercises, and rewards of merit. Included with admission.

June 1-July 3 - 10:00-4:30 pm
Pint-Sized: Children's Furniture, 1700-1900

Display of cradles, highchairs, potty chairs, and other children's furniture. Part of a joint exhibit with the other Historic Guilford museums: Dudley Farm MuseumHyland House Museum, Medad Stone Tavern Museum, and Thomas Griswold House Museum. Included with admission (admission and hours vary by museum).

June 5 – 1:30-4:30 pm

Opening Reception for Pint-Sized & Kid Stuff

Talk on the history of children's furniture, furniture-making demonstration, kid's toys and games, lemonade & cookies. Included with admission.

June 11 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Connecticut Open House Day – Puritans at Play!

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

August 3 – September 4 – 10:00-4:30 pm
Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse
Exhibit chronicling the history of Guilford’s lighthouse and its keepers. Included with admission.

August 6 – 10:00-4:00 pm

Meet a Lighthouse Keeper

Interact with a costumed interpreter as he describes the life of a 19th-century lighthouse keeper at Faulkner’s Light. Included with admission.

September 10 & 11 – 11:00-4:00 pm

Early Guilford Days Family Festival

A craft demonstration each day, plus lemonade and cookies. Part of a joint program with the other Historic Guilford museums: Dudley Farm MuseumHyland House Museum, Medad Stone Tavern Museum, and Thomas Griswold House Museum. Discounted admission.

September 28-December 11 - 10:00-4:30 pm
Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas
Exhibit detailing the origins and many myths of the holidays from ancient Rome to 21st-century commercialism. Included with admission.

October 22 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s

Flashlight tours, scavenger hunts, craft activities, displays on the Whitfield/Salem witch trial connection and the cemeteries under the Guilford Green, and tours of the Holidaze exhibit. Included with admission.

November 25, 26 & 27 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Harvesting History

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

December 2 – 4:00-8:00 pm

Firelight Festival

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

December 10 & 11 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Puritan Past, Holiday Presents
10% off gift shop purchases, make an ornament, "The Night Before Christmas" readings, tours of the Holidaze exhibit and the 1639 Whitfield House, plus hot cider, hot chocolate, and holiday cookies. Included with admission.

December 14-16, 19-23 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Gift Shop & Visitor Center Open

Holiday shopping, Holidaze exhibit, and Guilford Goes Global display. Free admission.

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