Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween only the Henry Whitfield State Museum could do it

GUILFORD — What secrets lurk behind the formidable stone walls of Connecticut’s oldest house?
Visitors to the Henry Whitfield State Museum will find out on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm during Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s.
See the 1639 Whitfield House in a new light, or rather, in no light. The lights will be off for visitors to explore the entire building, even the basement, which is usually closed to the public. Enjoy candy and a craft project – sculpt a gargoyle or old time gravestone design out of clay to take home. Tour the exhibit Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas to discover how All Hallow’s Eve became a night of costumes and candy. Learn about the Guilford Green graveyard and the Whitfield connection to the Salem Witch Trials.
The Henry Whitfield House, built in 1639, is Connecticut’s oldest house, New England’s oldest stone house and a National Historic Landmark. It is open through October 30, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The last tickets are sold at 4:00 pm each day. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for those 5 and under. School and group tours are available year round by appointment. The museum is located at 248 Old Whitfield Street in Guilford (exit 58 off I-95). Parking is free. Reservations are not required for Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s. For more information, call (203) 453-2457 or log on to

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