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115 Year Old Local Business at a 375 Year Old House:
Posted on November 21st, 2014

Shop Small, Shop Local at the Henry Whitfield State Museum
Does Black Friday feel more like the Black Plague to you?  Does the endless cycle of driving all over to find gifts seem more like the 66 day voyage of the Mayflower?  Make your holiday shopping less hysterical and more historical by shopping small and shopping local at the Henry Whitfield State Museum gift shop.  The museum has been a small business in Guilford since 1899 and the Henry Whitfield House is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year. You’ll also be supporting a non-profit and helping preserve Connecticut’s oldest house.
The shop is located in the museum visitor center, adjacent to the Henry Whitfield House at 248 Old Whitfield Street in Guilford, Connecticut.  It is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 4:30 pm through December 14.  Special holiday hours will occur on December 17 to 19 and December 22 to 23, also from 10 am to 4:30 pm.  There is no admission fee to enter the shop.
The museum gift shop features great gifts for adults and children including books, toys, maps, prints, jewelry, candles, soap, writing supplies, and 375th Anniversary souvenirs for the Henry Whitfield House. There are historic reproductions of pottery, treen ware, wooden ware, iron and tin items and unique Native American items. Also available are Guilford books and place name signs, Guilford Goes Global magnets, Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse items and costumes and props for Early Guilford Days.
Featured items for Christmas include Guilford and Henry Whitfield House ornaments, traditional bayberry candles, Christmas books, and CD’s of historic English and early American Christmas music. So, it’s okay to go a little medieval while shopping this year at the 115 year old shop at the 375 year old medieval design Henry Whitfield House.
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, log on to or join the museum on Facebook at    

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