Connecticut Open House Day at Guilford Museums
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June 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cultural organizations and tourism attractions throughout the state open their doors, inviting visitors to discover – and rediscover – Connecticut’s fascinating world of history and culture.
Town of Guilford
At 11 a.m., the free Around the Green Historic Walking Tour begins at the Guilford Information Plaza (32 Church Street), steps from the Guilford Green. The five historic Guilford house museums will welcome you free on Connecticut Open House Day. For lunch, there are several cafes and restaurants around the Green, where you can picnic under the trees if you prefer. And you will probably want to browse the interesting boutiques featuring fashions, books, and gifts on beautiful Whitfield, Boston, and Broad streets adjacent to the Green.
From the Green, further down Whitfield Street you will find the picturesque town marina and get a beautiful view of the iconic Grass Island Shack, subject of innumerable paintings. On your way, you will pass the Henry Whitfield State Museum, the oldest stone house in New England. Stop there to learn about Guilford’s founder and his followers, who came together from England in 1639 and, while on their ship, pledged to remain loyal to their group, helping each other and the community whenever needed. Their covenant is inscribed on a granite block at the corner of Whitfield and Old Whitfield streets.
Guided tours 11-4.
Dudley Farm Museum Come tour our museum, visit our market, sample switchell and snickerdoodles, and observe a demonstration of lace making provided by members of the New England Lace Guild. From 9 AM to 3 PM.
Henry Whitfield State Museum Puritans at Play 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. 10:00-4:30
Thomas Griswold House and Medad Stone Tavern Museums Free Admission 11 a.m. -4 p.m.