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Recently we traveled to Guilford, Connecticut to visit my mother-in-law. She had a bathroom she wanted painted so we decided to help her out. It is always fun to head to Connecticut from Vermont especially this time of year. We left warm temperatures and melting snow and arrived to bare ground and even warmer temperatures!Guilford, Connecticut

 

Not only does my mother-in-law live within walking distance of everything but living in town means I can get my ten thousand steps in and see so much! I’ve shared pictures of Guilford before; remember the pictures of the town agricultural fair that I took? Today the streets are quiet, not much going on. Being school vacation week I imagine many families have headed further south to enjoy some really warm weather.Guilford, Connecticut

 

Guilford, Connecticut was founded in 1639 and is considered by some to have the third largest collection of historic homes in New England, with important buildings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. There are five historic house museums including Dudley Farm and the Henry Whitfield House (1639), the oldest dwelling house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in North America. The Comfort Starr House (1645–46) is one of the oldest wooden framed private dwellings in Connecticut, and one of the few houses remaining of the original signers who settled Guilford.. The majority of these old homes are built within walking distance of the town green. I love these beautiful old homes. Many have been updated but the original features are kept intact. The older homes in town all have a plaque on them with the date the home was built.Guilford, Connecticut So much history as you walk around town.Guilford, Connecticut

 

My favorite place to walk is down by the water. No activity on the water today it was flat and calm. I grew up in Guilford, Ct so I have many fond memories. My grandparents lived in town on the water and my summers were spent sailing and swimming. One thing I miss living in Vermont is the salt water.Guilford, Connecticut

 

There is also wonderful hiking in Guilford and an extensive trail system called Westwoods Trails. The trail system has approximately 39 miles (63 km) of trails with features such as: caves, lakes, streams, rivers, and interesting rock formations. The preserve extends across land owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. The trails are accessible for walking, running, and mountain biking. My mother was very involved in the Guilford Land Conservation Trust and helped preserve many acres of land which is now enjoyed my many.Guilford, Connecticut

 

This was a wonderful town to grow up in and it is still a wonderful place to live and to visit. I am so thankful that my mother-in-law still lives here and we can come visit. I’m going to take advantage of the spring like weather and get as many walks in as possible before heading back to Vermont where we still have snow!Guilford, Connecticut

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6 comments on “Guilford, Connecticut – Out and About

ColleenB.~Texas on March 1, 2017 2:15 pm

Thanks for being a great tour guide.
Enjoyed seeing places that I know I will never visit.
What a Beautiful church. So unusual seeing shutters on church windows.
Have an enjoyable week

Nancy Wolff on March 2, 2017 2:42 am

Colleen,
I’m glad you enjoyed my tour of Guilford, it’s a beautiful shoreline town!

Judith Reed on March 1, 2017 3:46 pm

Hi, Nancy! Thank you for the lovely article about Guilford! It brought back memories of my trips to Guilford to visit my dad, which were some of the best vacations of my life. Your mom and all of your family were a great part of making them so memorable.
Guilford has so much history, and I appreciate that the town took such great care in preserving it, so that other people could enjoy it.
Some day, I hope to travel back there with my family so that they can see it. Most of them have never been to that area of the country yet, but it is on our “to do” list! Thank you for ALL your informative articles. I know you put a lot of work into them, and they are most enjoyable.

Nancy Wolff on March 2, 2017 2:41 am

Judith,
I hope you do have a chance to visit Guilford again, it is such a beautiful town and so much to see!

Daisy Debs on March 1, 2017 5:56 pm

You live in such a beautiful place Nancy . Some stunning countryside and waterside views around Guilford too .
Are you hoping to move that way I wonder ?

Nancy Wolff on March 2, 2017 2:40 am

Daisy,
I have loved living in various places on the east coast (Connecticut, Maine and Vermont) but our next move will be to the Pacific Northwest!

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