Henry Whitfield House

Also known as: Old Stone House, Henry Whitfield State Historical Museum
248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford, Connecticut


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Photo taken by Chester Gehman 03/1985



Street View 


This much-restored house, imbued with symbolism and sanctified by antiquity, represents important stages in America's attitude toward historic preservation, from an approach based largely on appearance and aesthetics to a more academic orientation. Said to date from ca. 1639-1640, the house was remodeled in 1868, and restored in 1902-04, and again in the 1930s. It was first opened to the public in 1899 as one of the first state-owned historical museums in New England. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, September 25, 1997

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 25, 1997
Reference number
NR name
Whitfield, Henry, House
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Colonial; Postmidieval English
Areas of significance
Conservation; Social History; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Museum; Secondary structure; Single dwelling
Current functions
Museum; Secondary structure; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1897; 1902; 1932
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • April 10, 2015: New photos from Chester Gehman