Guilford Green April 2014

Guilford Green Apr 2014

After spending a few days in Historic Newport, Rhode Island settled in 1639, I realized many of the parallels and differences between the two communities. Both communities were settled as refuges from oppressive churches and governments; although Guilford was settled by Puritans looking for refuge from the Anglican Church and folks in Newport (and the rest of Rhode Island) were looking for refuge from the Puritans who after establishing their refuge decided to become intolerant to others.

Both communities made a lot of their 18th century money supporting slavery either through providing slaves to the Caribbean (Newport) or providing goods and services to slave owners (Guilford and Newport.) Both communities have had to change and evolve over the decades and centuries to survive and flourish.

I was also impressed by the Newport Historical Society and the work they do to preserve their cultural resources, to share their archives and collections, and to educate the public on what a special place Newport is. That is what Historic Guilford, Guilford Keeping Society, the Dorothy Whitfield Society, the Dudley Farm Museum, the Guilford Free Library, and the Henry Whitfield State Museum are trying to do in Guilford too! Let us all keep up the good work on our 375th birthday!

Edith Nettleton, Friend of Guilford History, Dies at 105.

Edith at recent birthday party.(Shoreline Times)

Edith at recent birthday party.

Edith Nettleton, Guilford’s first professional librarian and friend of Guilford History passed away this Sunday after a brief illness. With her passing a door is closed to Guilford’s History but she left other entrances through her thoughtful and careful cataloguing of the precious documents and family treasures brought to the library over the past 70 years. We will miss you and we thank the Lord that he shared you with us for so long.
(Photo Shoreline Times.)

The Pen and the Sword: One Guilford’s Family Contribution to the American Civil War

Medad Stone Tavern, Three Mile Course, Guilford, CT

GKS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 20 7:30 p.m.
Medad Stone Tavern Museum Three Mile Course

Dennis Culliton, longtime student of Guilford history, will give a talk presenting a personalized history of the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of Guilford’s illustrious Foote family. He will share stories and letters of these abolitionists and soldiers, from the two sisters who went to the South to teach African Americans during the war to their brother who answered Lincoln’s first call for volunteers.

Dennis teaches history at Adams Middle School and is the organizer of the Historic Guilford Walking Tours. The free talk will take place after a very brief annual meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Medad Stone Tavern. The talk will be followed by refreshments and tours of the Tavern.

Scheduled Tours Closed for the Season

Historic Walking Tour of Guilford The Historic Guilford Walking Tours has ended its scheduled tours until Spring of 2014. After our second successful season, the wonderful tour guides have gone back to being full time students as well as athletes, club members, peer ministers, and high school kids.

We expect to restart in the Spring of 2013 and to be deeply involved with the Guilford 375th Celebration.

Thank you for your support. If you wish to contact the tours, please send an email at

New Tour Hours for the Quiet Season!

We are changing our hours to Saturday mornings only during the quiet time. After our second successful summer, we have decided to continue the tours through the fall with less tours but continued enthusiasm.

Our online presence brings new visitors from throughout Connecticut, across the country, and we even had visitors from Europe this summer. The most recent tourists have been from New Haven, Hartford, and Fairfield Counties with additions from the Red Sox Nation and the Yankee Universe.

Please come by and enjoy this beautiful autumn weather and learn how Guilford has contributed to 374 years of American History!Grass Island

Check out Video for Guilford Walking Tours

Hey #cthistory and #walkingtours lovers, please check out Guilford’s Walking Tours this weekend given by our #yankeemagazine award winning student guides.  Also find us @historicguilfordctwalkingtours on FacebookFish Shack, Guilford CT

Sidewalk Sales and Walking Tours this Weekend

Join us this weekend with the nicest weather since June for great sales, great places for lunch and our award winning walking tours.

Our guides will be giving two tours on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (and for the rest of the summer) starting at the Town Hall.

The sidewalk sale is a great place to get a deal and reconnect with our downtown and Rt. 1 small businesses.  Please visit:

Don’t forget your walking shoes, your sunscreen and your wallet!image

Free Tours Saturday for Ct Open House Day

Whitfield House<br /><br />
Guilford CT
Please join us Saturday, 8 June 2013 for a free tour at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. as we participate in CT Open House Day!

Depending on the number of participants, we may provide an abbreviated tour. Good will donations will be accepted at the end of each tour. we hope to see many of ou there!

Walking Tours Start Second Season Memorial Day Weekend!

Please join our award winning tours as we begin our second year!  Tours are every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and continue through September.

Statue of Henry Whitfield on the grounds of his namesake museum.

All tours start at the Guilford Town Hall at 31 Park Street, Guilford, CT.

Our student guides will lead you through 374 years of American History and Architecture.

The tours were awarded the “Best of New England” designation in 2013 by Yankee Magazine.

For further information, please visit or call (203)233-1026.


Walking Tours Makes Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England” 2013 Edition!

The Historic Guilford Walking Tours is pleased to announce that we are featured in Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England” 2013 edition under the Best Small-Town Walking Tours Category! We also want to congratulate The B&B at Bartlett’s Farm who also won under the “Best Relaxing Porch” category.

We look forward to the start of our second year Memorial Day Weekend with tours on both Saturday the 25th of May and Sunday the 26th of May at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Tours will continue throughout the summer through September 2013.  Thank you all who have made the first year successful and are working towards a wonderful second year!