2018 Events

The House is open Fridays-Sundays during the summer season. Check here for details. We also have special events throughout the season. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

May 17, 18, 21, and 22 – 26th Annual Early Guilford Days

Fourth graders from all of Guilford’s public elementary schools travel back in time to spend the day in the Guilford colony.

June 9 – Connecticut Open House Day

Cultural organizations and tourism attractions throughout the state open their doors, inviting visitors to discover – and rediscover – Connecticut’s fascinating world of history and culture. Guided tours 11-4.

June 16 – A Place for Everything: 18th Century Storage Solutions Tour

Firkins, fur trunks, sea chests, court cupboards, redware crocks, and more! A tour of our 18th-century storage solutions. The tour is free and a wonderful introduction to the beautiful and bizarre household objects of colonial New England. 12 pm.

June 24  –  Witness Stones Project Juneteenth Commemoration. 4 – 7.

July 7- Children’s Games & Tour. 12 – 4 pm.

A special day of children’s tours and colonial games. This free drop-in program is a great family-friendly introduction to colonial history.

July 14 – Quilts & Textiles Tour. 12 pm.

Crazy quilts, coverlets, rugs, stumpwork tapestries, clothing, calimanco quilts, overshot blankets, and more! A free tour and a wonderful introduction to our colonial textile collection.

July 28 & 29 – Early Guilford Days Family Festival

August 25 – An Intimate Interior and Exterior Guilford Walking Tour! 10 am.

The Hyland House Museum is proud to offer you a guided walking tour to learn about the interesting stories and architectural histories of some of Guilford’s most intriguing buildings.

The tour begins inside the 1713 Hyland House where you will be treated to a Colonial repast and then meander down Boston Street and onward toward Park Street to learn fascinating information about other prominent homes and public meeting spaces that richly embodied several socially impactful events. In addition to the Hyland House itself, the tour includes an interior visit to the former Third (abolitionist) Congregational Church, The Benjamin Bradley Mansion and Christ Episcopal Church. The donation for the tour is $25.00 per person. Please email info@hylandhouse.org to make your reservation soon, as space is limited!

September 8 – Blacksmithing Demonstration. 12 – 3 pm.

Sparks will fly at the Hyland House Museum in Guilford on Saturday, September 8, when our blacksmith fires up the forge. See a smith at work, explore the history of this ancient craft, and learn how today’s hobbyist can get started forging. Drop-in 12-3. FREE admission, includes a tour of the house.

September 8 – Annual Membership Cocktail Party. 6-8 pm.

Join fellow members for cocktails and conversation. Free for current members.

September 15 – Hearth Cooking Dinner

September 29 – Introduction to Hearth Cooking Class. 12-4 pm.

Want to impress your guests this winter with a hearth-cooked meal? The class includes instruction on how to prepare the hearth, build a cooking fire, and acquire basic equipment. Participants will receive online resources for outfitting the hearth and acquiring specialty foods, a select bibliography of colonial cookbooks, and–best of all–they will help cook and eat a modernized 18th-century mid-day meal. The class is limited to 8 students. Cost is $50. Reservations required. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbright by clicking HERE.

October 14 – Celebrate a Century: Jazz & Art by the Sea 2018

Our annual dinner fundraiser at the Owenego Inn. Click HERE for details.