May 18, 19, 22, and 23 – 25th 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 10 – 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. Free admission.
June 17 – Illuminating History exhibit opens. Explore four centuries of period lighting fixtures at Guilford’s Historic House Museums. Guided tours 11-4.
June 24 – Restoration exhibit opens. Explore the colonial revival preservation movement as we mark the 100th anniversary of Norman Isham’s restoration of the Hyland House. Guided tours. 11-4.
July 8 – Natural Herb Dyeing Workshop with Liberty Page. 12-2 pm. $10.
July 29 & 30 – Hearth Cooking Demonstration as part of the Guilford’s Historic House Museums’ Early Guilford Days Family Festival. Drop-in 11-4. $10 for admission to all 5 museums.
August 12 – Antique Furniture and Decorative Arts Tour with Lewis Scranton. 12-2. $10.
August 19 – Children’s Hands-on Tour and Games. Drop-in 12-4. $10.
August 26 – Beekeeping Demonstration with Holley Bishop, author of Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey–The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World. Bishop will be at the house with live bees an observation hive, beekeeping equipment, local history on beekeeping, books for sale, and honey tasting! 12-2. $10.
September 9 – Blacksmithing Demonstration. Sparks will fly 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. 12-2. $10.
October 7 – Annual Membership Meeting & Cocktail Party. 6-8. Free for members.
October 29 – Jazz & Art by the Sea Fundraiser. 4-7 pm. The Owenego Inn, 40 Linden Avenue, Branford, CT. Enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine, a little jazz, and dinner! We will have a silent auction, plus a live auction featuring works by local and regional artists, as well as some antique art.
November 2 – Witness Stones Project Unveiling. 9:30 a.m. The installation ceremony begins at the Guilford Green opposite the Town Hall.
From June through September the Hyland House is open for guided tours on Fridays 11-4, Sundays 12-4, and Saturdays 11-4 when there is no program scheduled. Admission is $3, unless otherwise specified. Children under 18 accompanied by an adult receive free admission for all tours and programs.