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History Rocks: Stone Working in Early Guilford
Posted on September 21st, 2015

A program at the Henry Whitfield State Museum
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Did Native Americans really help the Guilford settlers haul the granite that would become the stone walls of the Henry Whitfield House?  How did early stone masons shape and move stone in the wilderness?  Why did the colonists build stone walls throughout the forests of New England?  Find out the answers to these and other questions when the Henry Whitfield State Museum presents History Rocks: Stone Working in Early Guilford on Saturday, October 3, from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Program schedule:
10 am to 4:30 pm:   stone working demonstrations
architecture scavenger hunts
                                    make a paper model of the Henry Whitfield House
                                    make a pet rock
                                    tours of the Henry Whitfield House
                                    tours of the exhibits in the visitor center and ed. building
11 am                          What’s This Wall Doing Out Here In The Woods?
                                    A walk & talk on stone wall history and construction
                                    with museum curator Michael McBride.
2 pm                           Constructing & Maintaining Connecticut’s Oldest House
                                    A walk & talk on how the Henry Whitfield House was
                                    built in 1639 and how it has changed over the course of 375
                                    years with museum curator Michael McBride.                    
The program is included with museum admission and reservations are not required.   
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 13, 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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