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The oldest house in Connecticut (1639) is in excellent condition and open to visitors.




The English Puritan founders of Guilford, Connecticut arrived here in the summer of 1639 and immediately began building thatched-roof log cabins for themselves.

For their esteemed leader, Reverend Henry Whitfield, however, they built a fine stone residence.

The solid structure could also be used, along with three other stone houses built for leaders, as protection against hostile raids, should they occur.

The thatched cottages and the other three stone houses of early Guilford are long gone, but Reverend Whitfield's house survives as the oldest house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in New England.

You can get a glimpse of what life was like for the settlers nearly four centuries ago by touring the house, which is right next door to Guilford's Visitor Center and tourist information office.

The house, now called the Henry Whitfield State Museum, is only a 7- to 10-minute walk south of the Guilford town green along Old Whitfield Street, toward the train station (map).

The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Henry Whitfield State Museum
248 Old Whitfield Street (map)
Guilford, CT 06437
Tel: 203-453-2457
Fax: 203-453-7544

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Henry Whitfield House, Guilford CT

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