The Running Realtor: Welcome to Guilford, CT 06437

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Welcome to Guilford, CT 06437

 History of Guilford Plaque                  

GUILFORD - "This town, the seventh oldest, was founded in 1639 by an oppressed but optimistic band of English Puritans.  Henry Whitfield, a minister in Ockley, near London, was the moving spirit behind their emigrations. About forty of his friends and sympathizers formed a joint stock company to sail across the Atlantic. They were mostly young and energetic men, farmers, well-educated, and all of them persons of high standing in their community.  In a deed of sale dated September 29, 1639, the Whitfield Company purchased the lands between Stony Creek and East River from the Squaw Shaumpishuh, Sachem of the local Menunkatuck Indian tribe. Whitfield's stone house at first served as a fortress and meeting place. Guilford Green was inspired by the typical 17thcentury English common. In the fall of 1641 the settlers purchased from the Indians land beyond East River that included most of what became East Guilford."History of Guilford Plaque


"East Guilford, now Madison, was set off as a distinct church society in 1703, North Guilford in 1720, and North Bristol (North Madison) in 1753.  Two good harbors and two tidal rivers assured success to Guilford in Connecticut ~ New York coastwise shipping and the West India trade during the 18thcentury. In the American Revolution, British troops landed several times and burned two houses. The famous Sachem's Head Hotel ( 1797-1897 ) made this town the center of society for many years. John Beattie's granite quarries at Leete's Island employed as many as three hundred workmen and supplied stone for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Famous sons of Guilford include William Leete, an early Governor of Connecticut; Fitz-Greene Halleck, one of the noted Knickerbocker Poets; and Abraham Baldwin, a signer of the United States Constitution and Senator from Georgia."                                     

Henry Whitfield House - Guilford, CTNow that you have read what the historians say I will try to explain the town more my way. It's a beautiful blend of the old and the new with The Whitfield House still standing today. Constructed of stone in 1639 it has been through restoration and looking just fine. The home is oldest in Connecticut & the oldest stone house if all of New England, surviving time it has been a museum since 1899.Spaceship Condo Guilford, CT

Henry Whitfield himself led quite a life, went back to England after 11 years also ditching his wife.

Just beyond the Whitfield house heading down to the shore amongst historic homes you see a strange sight.  The Spaceship that "landed" back in the '80s one night.

Continuing south and looking out at sea sits Faulkner's Island with the second oldest Lighthouse built in 1802.

Heading north towards the center is a favorite place, steps from my office its like an escape, the Guilford Green. If you read the article about the picturesque Green it mentions a gadfly old guy always lurking around like some kind of a spy. Keeping odd hours myself I was acutely aware that Richard Greene was always out there.   Sad to say its no longer that way, Mr. Greene passed away the mid of last year. Reflecting back over hundreds of years it is easy to miss one man modern day fears. Richard Greene was quite passionate when he felt he was right, always sharing his thoughts and putting up a good fight.

If you are interested in Buying or Selling a home in New Haven County let me know and I will happily explain the real estate market so you can decide if current conditions make it the right time for you to make a move. You can contact or call my 24 hour access line : 203-672-2455


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Comment balloon 8 commentsNo Longer Active • January 02 2008 03:04PM


Dan, very nicely done, I did not know any of this about Guilford.  I really should read up more about Connecticut, it has a very interesting history.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago
Dan, What a beautiful place. I love history. I would love to come and visit and learn and see more about Guilford
Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) over 11 years ago

George... Most town centers have these plaques with a little history.  When ever I'm in the area on a nice day and have a minute I stop for a photograph.  Even took a photo up your way in Middletown.

Mana... There is certainly plenty to see... One of the added benefits of blogging is that we take the time to enjoy some of the surroundings we have taken for granted over the years.


Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan--Love the history lesson! What a unique spaceship house! have you ever been inside it? That would be one open house I wouldn't miss! You are obviously an expert on Guilford CT!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago
Teri... I have been in the Spaceship!  It is actually a condo with a dozen units and they don't come on the market very often.  A few years ago the front unit was available with a 180 degree wall of windows and views of the water. The downside for my buyer was the stairs, had 3 levels and she felt it would be to much as she aged.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan--That would be a cool place to live! Better than a dome home!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago
Dan - I love the spaceship condo too  - great localism post
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
So nice to see a city so rich in history and culture, I love the spaceship!
Posted by Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Consultants Palm Desert (RE/MAX #1 Agent 2018 to 2010) over 11 years ago

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