Guilford Celebrates 375 Years!


375 Anniversary in Guilford ConnecticutIt is not everyday a town turns 375! Guilford was founded in 1639 and will celebrate its anniversary by hosting the Early Guilford Days Family Festival at five of its historic museums June 28-29. Located less than 15 minutes west of Montoya Condominiums in Branford, children and adults alike can participate in old colonial crafts, and learn bygone skills, such as tinsmithing, candle making and herb mixing. Admission for children is free, and adults will pay $3.75.

An old family home built by Reverend Henry Whitfield, the Henry Whitfield State Museum will take festival goers through the process of tinsmithing and teach kids games that were played by colonial children. Instructions on hearth cooking, mixing herbs and dyeing will be offered at the Hyland House Museum, a classic example of salt-box house construction, and the nearby Thomas Griswold House will feature blacksmithing and weaving.

Those interested in the nearly-lost arts of paper cutting and stenciling should stop by the Medad Stone Tavern and then head over to Dudley Farm for lessons in spinning, candle making, gardening, farming and colonial household chores. Dudley Farm will also give an oxen demo to show off the strength and endurance of these stout farming beasts.

For more information on times and locations of these festival events, click here.

Residents of Montoya Condominiums in Branford can easily pop into the neighboring town of Guilford. When they do so, they will be transported into the land of yesterday and get a first-hand look at life on the Connecticut seashore during colonial times.

For more information on shoreline rentals at Montoya Condominiums, stop by the Leasing Center at 57 Montoya Circle, call Jennifer in the Leasing Center at 203-481-9800 or you can call or text her cell at 203-537-3157.

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