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Henry Whitfield Museum Firelight Festival
Posted on November 13th, 2014

The dark shadows of New England winters past will be chased away by bright luminaries and blazing outdoor fires when the Henry Whitfield State Museum presents its annual Firelight Festival on Friday, December 5, from 4 pm to 8 pm.
 
Gather around the fires and toast marshmallows, roast chestnuts, pop popcorn and make s’mores.  Enjoy hot cocoa and mulled cider and imagine how very different life was almost 400 years ago when the first English settlers arrived in Connecticut.  Climb the steep and winding stairs of the Henry Whitfield House and catch a glimpse of the stark and primitive existence of the Puritans.  Built in 1639, it is Connecticut’s oldest house, the oldest stone house in New England and a National Historic Landmark.
 
Each hour, the classic holiday tale, The Night Before Christmas will be read aloud around the fires.  In the museum education center, you can craft pine cone ornaments to take home and try your hand at 17th – 19th century games.  Explore Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas, an exhibit that reveals the myths and realities of these three, now distinctive ‘American’ holidays.  In the museum visitor center, unique reproductions, toys, CDs and books fill the museum shop, perfect for holiday gifts.
 
In the spirit of giving, one of the original concepts of all three holidays, visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food for the Guilford Food Bank; coins for UNICEF or new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.  These gifts will be incorporated into the Holidaze exhibit and passed on to the charities at the close of the program.
 
Regular admission fees apply for Firelight Festival and reservations are not required.   The last tickets will be sold at 7:30 pm.  There is no snow, sleet or rain date.
 
The Henry Whitfield State Museum, built in 1639, is Connecticut’s oldest house, New England’s oldest stone house and a National Historic Landmark.  It is open May 1 to December 14, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The last tickets are sold at 4 pm each day.  Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5.00 for youth ages 6 to 17 and free to children under 6.  School and group tours are available year round by appointment.  The museum is located at 248 Old Whitfield Street in Guilford (exit 58 off I-95).  Parking is free. For more information, call (203) 453-2457, e-mail whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov, log on to www.cultureandtourism.org or join the museum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/henrywhitfieldstatemuseum.    
 



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