The Hyland House Museum is a living museum of 17th and 18th century life, art, and architecture in Guilford, Connecticut. In 2014, we are proud to be celebrating our 96th year as one of New England’s oldest colonial house museums.
The House is named for sheep farmer George Hyland, the original owner-settler who bought the land in 1657. The two-story saltbox structure was built at the end of the 17th century, with the keeping room shed added circa 1740. The Dorothy Whitfield Historic Society purchased the House in 1916 and opened it to the public as a museum in 1918.
In 1975, the House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In its citation, the Commission recognized the Hyland House for being:
An important building in the evolution of the seventeenth-century house in Connecticut. Because of its early construction date and the application of decorative chamfered girts, the Hyland House is a landmark building in the history of domestic architecture in Connecticut. The house gains additional significance in the history of preservation, since it is also the subject of an extensive and carefully-executed restoration in the early years of the twentieth century. The Hyland House was one of the first houses in Connecticut to be restored and specifically displayed for architectural significance.
The Hyland House is completely furnished with an exceptional collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century furniture and artifacts. It is open to the public from June through September.