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Serving the Towns of Guilford, Branford and North Branford

What to See and Do:  In and Around GUILFORD

Guilford is a quintessential New England town nestled along the Connecticut Shoreline.  Its location on the Long Island Sound, a strong sense of community and a healthy balance between economic development and historic and cultural preservation make it an ideal day trip or vacation destination.

Among other things, Guilford takes great pride in its  town green (see below) which serves as a hub of activity and is truly the town's heart and soul.  Along its perimeter are some of the town's most beautiful historic homes, churches, shopping, fine restaurants and art galleries.  More great shopping and dining are available just a block away, on Route 1.

There are five historic house museums - all outstanding examples of our large selection of 17th, 18th and 19th century historic homes.  Most are listed on the historic register via a plaque.  The Henry Whitfield State Museum remains the oldest stone house in New England and contains many artifacts of 17th century Guilford and Puritan life of the period.

Our central location along Connecticut's shoreline and scenic highways makes us a popular destination for bicyclists, runners, birdwatchers and others who love the outdoors.  An expansive network of trails are great for hiking.  The Len Hubbard Town Marina has some transient slips for boaters.

And for those more inclined to browse handmade beauty, the Guilford Art Center has made the community a destination for skilled jewelers, potters, weavers, painters and others interested in the art of fine crafts.

Guilford Town Green - A Short History

In its early days, Guilford's Green was used communally for grazing cattle, drilling the militia and as a graveyard for early settlers. It was also contained a whipping post and it was the front yard for many of the town’s churches and the town hall.
Today, the Guilford Green looks like many town parks, but it is so much more. It's the site of many of the community's most important rituals -- high school graduations, community fairs, photo sessions for prom night, local weddings and town parades.
Guilford's Green is a source of great pride for residents. In the 19th century, a women's group raised money to erect 100 lampposts around the green and paid a man to keep them lighted. Each spring these women gathered to rake the green. In the background they heard the ringing of church bells and the firing of the cannon.
It has been a long time since the women of Guilford have raked the Green, but the community spirit and pride in this historic landmark remains very much alive today.*
* Nona Bloomer, The Guilford Green, (The Guilford Papers, no. 3, Guilford Free Library) 1996.