Logo   What to See & Do in Guilford CT
Historic houses and sights, and cruises among the delightful Thimble Islands.




Walking Tours

Historic Guilford organizes good Historic Walking Tours and Historic Architectural Walking Tours of this beautiful town founded in 1639. I can testify myself to Guilford's fascinating past, and its wonderful quality and variety of domestic and civic architecture. More...

Guilford Town Green

The historic town green at the center of Guilford is the first place to visit (map).

The broad expanse of lawn, surrounded by shade trees and decorated with historic monuments, is also the locus for summer concerts and fairs, and Guilford High School's graduation ceremonies.

From the green, you can walk to most of these other sights:

Henry Whitfield State Museum

The oldest house in Connecticut (and oldest stone house in New England) is Guilford's main historic site and well worth a look. It's only a short walk from the town green. More...

Hyland House

The Dorothy Whitfield Historic Society has preserved the historic colonial Hyland House (1690-1710) at 84 Boston Street (Tel: 203-453-9477), just a short walk from Guilford town green, to give visitors a look at what life was like in Guilford CT over three centuries ago. More...

Thomas Griswold House

Preserved by the Guilford Keeping Society, the Griswold House (c. 1774) at 171 Boston Street (Tel: 203-453-3176) includes the saltbox house itself, its barn, blacksmith shop and other outbuildings. More...

Historic Domestic Architecture

Walk around the town green, and also along Broad Street and Fair Street (map), for a quick look at Guilford's wonderful variety of domestic architecture (ie, houses) from all four centuries of its history.

Vineyards & Wineries

Guilford has several good wineries, including Bishop's Orchards Winery right in Guilford, and Chamard Vineyards in neighboring Clinton CT. More...

Thimble Islands

A short drive from Guilford along scenic CT Route 146 brings you to Stony Creek (map) in neighboring Branford CT, where you can board a boat for a delightful cruise among the Thimble Islands. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

Tourist Information

Guilford Transportation

History of Guilford

About Guilford

Connecticut Beaches

Connecticut Shoreline

About Connecticut


Paris Girls Secret Society, the new novel by Tom Brosnahan


Hyland House, Guilford CT

Above, Hyland House, Guilford CT.

Below, Thimble Islands cruise.


Thimble Islands Cruise, Guilford CT



FTP on Facebook    
Pinterest    Twitter