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Henry Whitfield State Museum

2018 EVENTS


May-October (Wednesday-Sunday) 10:00-4:30

A Place for Everything

Part of a joint exhibit with the five Historic Guilford Museums highlighting the eclectic collection of storage pieces at each of the sites. In the Whitfield House, visitors can see a German desk box with intricate animal marquetry designs dating to the 1400s, an English press cupboard with geometric and floral chip carving from the 1600s, and a 6-board chest featuring the initials of early Guilford residents Comfort and Elizabeth Starr. Admission to the exhibit also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House and the Visitor Center hands-on galleries. Free parking.


May 12 (Saturday) 9:00-5:00

Help Out Henry: Community Service Day

Want to get up close and personal with the Whitfield House’s diamond-paned, leaded glass windows or the Whitfield spur of the New England Trail that spans 215 miles from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border? If you supply the elbow grease for a few hours of window cleaning or grounds and trail maintenance, we’ll supply the pizza, beverages, and free admission to the museum!


May 19 (Saturday) 2:00

Behind-the-Scenes Tour with the Curator – Architecture

Michael McBride takes visitors into areas of the Whitfield House seldom seen by the general public and shares stories about its architectural features. Peer up the original north chimney, see the coal chute grate in the basement, and open the concealed closets in the garret. Admission to the tour also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House and the Visitor Center hands-on galleries. Limited to first 20 people (ages 13+) who arrive — no advance reservations. Free parking.


May 20 (Sunday) 10:00-4:30

Free admission for Connecticut residents


June 9 (Saturday) 10:00-4:30

Puritans at Play on Connecticut Open House Day

It's free admission all day! Try all sorts of historical games and old-time toys, including knicker boxes, nine pins, rolling hoops, cups-and-balls, draughts, and more. The fun continues with scavenger hunts in the 1639 Whitfield House, and building activities in the Visitor Center's new hands-on galleries. Free parking.


June 17 (Sunday) 10:00-4:30

Free admission for Connecticut residents


June 21 (Thursday) 4-8 pm

Make Music Day

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of outdoor musical performances as we take part in this free global celebration of music on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Check the event listing on the museum’s Facebook page for the latest details on the performance schedule. A tent will be set up in case of rain. Free parking and no charge for the performances and Visitor Center. The Whitfield House will be open for self-guided tours ($6 admission and free for children ages 12 and younger).


July 15 (Sunday) 10:00-4:30

Free admission for Connecticut residents


July 28-29 (Saturday-Sunday) 11:00-4:00

Early Guilford Days Family Festival

All five Historic Guilford Museums invite you to a special weekend of traditional activities, craft demonstrations, and sales. Enjoy unique experiences at each site. The Henry Whitfield State Museum will offer craft demonstrations and sales, including tinsmithing by Lance Kozikowski (Coventry, CT) and candlemaking by Joshua Dummitt (Meriden, CT) both days. The Hyland House Museum will have hearth cooking (Saturday only), herb gardening, and storytelling. The Thomas Griswold House Museum will present blacksmithing and weaving both days. The Medad Stone Tavern Museum will offer stenciling, paper cutting, and games each day. The Dudley Farm Museum will let you try your hand at doing laundry, weaving, and whittling, and will feature lacemaking demonstrations by the New England Lace Guild. $10 for one-day admission to all 5 museums & FREE for children 12 and younger.


August 12 (Sunday) 2:00

Hands-on Tour of the Whitfield House

Michael McBride will lead a tour featuring reproductions that visitors can handle to understand how the museum's objects and furniture were made and used. Admission to the tour also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House and the Visitor Center hands-on galleries. Free parking.


August 18 (Saturday) 2:00

Behind-the-Scenes Tour with the Curator – Furniture

Michael McBride will lift lids, unlock doors, and pull pieces away from walls to give visitors special insight into important pieces in the Whitfield House’s furniture collection. See the small till box inside the Plymouth chest, the construction techniques of a Wallingford chest-on-frame, and the back of the painted goose chest. Admission to the tour also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House and the Visitor Center hands-on galleries. Limited to first 20 people (ages 13+) who arrive — no advance reservations. Free parking.


August 19 (Sunday) 10:00-4:30

Free admission for Connecticut residents


September 16 (Sunday) 10:00-4:30

Free admission for Connecticut residents


September 22 (Saturday) 12:00-4:30

Free admission after the Guilford Fair Parade


September 26-October 31 (Wednesday-Sunday) 10:00-4:30

Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas

Explore the origins and myths of our most popular holidays. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations for the Guilford Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Admission to the exhibit also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House and the Visitor Center hands-on galleries. Free parking.


October 13 (Saturday) 2:00

Behind-the-Scenes Tour with the Curator – Archaeology

The green lawns of the Whitfield House property cover the complicated remains of this State Archaeological Preserve. Michael McBride will walk visitors through the grounds, offering insight into where buildings used to be, how the land was used, and interesting artifacts that were found, some of which will be shown to the public for the first time. Admission to the tour also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House and the Visitor Center hands-on galleries. Limited to first 40 people (ages 13+) who arrive — no advance reservations. Free parking.


October 21 (Sunday) 10:00-4:30

Free admission for Connecticut residents


October 27 (Saturday) 10:00-4:30

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 surprises for visitors brave enough to venture there. Admission includes crafting gravestones and gargoyles out of clay, displays on the Guilford Green graveyards and the Whitfield connection to the Salem witch trials, the origins of Halloween traditions in the Holidaze display, … AND CANDY! Free parking.


November 23 (Friday) 10:00-4:30

Harvesting History

Thanksgiving Friday is the perfect time to visit Connecticut's own Pilgrim-era museum. Taste 17th-century English and Native American foods, touch 17th-century English and Native American reproductions, hear hourly readings of the Pilgrim Cat storybook, write with a quill pen to "Make Your Marke," learn about the myths and origins of our Thanksgiving traditions in the Holidaze display, and take a self-guided tour of the 1639 Whitfield House. Free parking.


November 29 and December 6, 13, 20 (Thursdays) 5-9 pm

Holiday Shopping Evenings

Stop by the gift shop for unique holiday gift ideas in a relaxed, festive atmosphere while enjoying hot chocolate and listening to historical Christmas instrumental music.


November 30 (Friday) 4:00-8:00pm

Firelight Festival

Spend an evening at Connecticut’s oldest house with festive luminaria, lanterns, and outdoor fires. Enjoy roasted marshmallows and chestnuts, popcorn, hot cocoa, mulled cider, readings of The Night Before Christmas, self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House after dark, the origins of Christmas traditions in the Holidaze display, and pine cone ornament crafts. Free parking. No rain/snow date.


 

248 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437  ~  whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov  ~  203-453-2457