Guilford 375th Anniversary Events

Scroll below for event news about the Town of Guilford during its 375th Anniversary year.

Dedication of Guilford Pocket Park

To commemorate the 375th Anniversary of Guilford and the 75th Anniversary of the Guilford Garden Club, The Club will dedicate Rollwood Park, at the corner of Stonehouse Lane and Old Whitfield Street, to the Town of Guilford on June 7 at 1 pm. In 2009, the Guilford Garden Club Tree Program planted three Japanese Lilac trees on the town-owned Rollwood property as part of the Club’s “Greening of Guilford” Tree Planting Program initiated two years earlier.  Since the inception of the program, 58 … [Read more...]

Snapshot of a Civil War Soldier: William (Willie) Nelson Bartlett

Snapshot of a Civil War Soldier:  William (Willie) Nelson Bartlett The Civil War monument on the Guilford Green lists the names of Guilford residents who gave their lives for us.  Representative of these men is William (Willie) Nelson Bartlett, who died of a gunshot to the heart when he was 20 years old. Here’s what we know about Willie from his death records and his compiled service record at the National Archives and Records Administration.  The ctfreedomtrail.org website provides … [Read more...]

A Community Looks at the Role of Its African-American Soldiers during the Civil War

by Edie Brown and Tracy Tomaselli Like three other towns in Connecticut - Fairfield, Milford and Stratford - the Town of Guilford is celebrating the 375th year of its founding in 1639. Guilford's celebration will include commemorating the national Civil War Sesquicentennial with a Guilford 375th Anniversary Signature Event that celebrates the lives of Guilford soldiers and other residents during the Civil War. While preparing for the event, called Guilford and the Civil War, the … [Read more...]

Local Girl Scouts Continue the Tradition of Supporting the Military

Connecticut’s role in the Civil War was mainly one of providing equipment, arms, money, supplies and manpower for the Union Army and the Union Navy, but Guilford’s role was a more personal one. In the 1860s, just as today, virtually no family escaped the pain of war as sons, fathers, brothers, friends, and neighbors marched off to battle. The Guilford community rallied behind them, offering care and support to the soldiers and their families. The women of the Soldier's Aid Society made socks, … [Read more...]

Guilford and the Civil War

by Tracy Tomaselli Between the years 1861 and 1865, the United States was engaged in the Civil War, the deadliest war in American history. Guilford did its duty, providing men, supplies and support. The Town sent hundreds of its men off to the war; sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins and neighbors. Many of these loved ones did not return and their sacrifices have been memorialized on the Civil War monument that stands proudly in the center of the Guilford Green, an homage to those … [Read more...]

Guilford and the Civil War: A Day of Tribute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Guilford and the Civil War:  A Day of Tribute History comes alive when Guilford and the Civil War:  A Day of Tribute takes place on the Guilford Green on Saturday, May 31st, from 11 am to 7 pm.  The Guilford 375th Anniversary Signature Event commemorates the Civil War, in which more Guilford townspeople fought than in any other war. The names of 56 of these soldiers are inscribed on the pink and gray granite soldiers’ monument that stands in the middle of the … [Read more...]

The Crystal Ball – A Huge Success!

On March 29th, the second of the 5 Signature Celebrations of 2014 took place. The Crystal Ball was held at the Pine Orchard Club. 130 attendees enjoyed delicious food, drink, fellowship, and the opportunity to dance to Eight to the Bar. No birthday party would be complete until a birthday cake has been presented and cut. Celebration Committee Chair Veronica Wallace and First Selectman Joe Mazza did those honors.  If you would like to see pictures of the party, please click here to see … [Read more...]

The Dudley Farm Museum – Farmer’s Market Open!

Saturday, June 7, 2014 marks the opening of The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market. About 40 vendors will be selling their produce and crafts at the Farm from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday through October 25th. Special events as well as demonstrations are being planned for this year’s market. Our winter market, located on the lower floor of the Munger Barn, opened in February and runs through May 2014 on the first Saturday of each month. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. About the Dudley … [Read more...]

Guilford’s Generations Jubilee Reflections

Reflections of a four-year-old boy (by Roberta Flannery) I got a bell for Christmas. It’s green, my favorite color.  I rang it, and it makes a lot of noise. Mommy said I could ring it outside when I came to visit Aunt Bobbi - she’s family. She told me all about a parade and a lot of other fun things I could do when I came to her house. It was cold. I wore a snake scarf Ga made for me. I saw a big fire truck on the grass taking pictures. I wanted to see it,  but Daddy said I had to stay in … [Read more...]

My 375th Anniversary Memories – AC

by Anita Catardi As I look back on our town's Generations Jubilee, I am pleased with the way it developed. I experienced a day of a rise and drop of emotions. At 11:40 a.m., I was anxious when the fire truck was there and the crowd amounted to about 10, maybe 12. My heart dropped to my feet. A year's worth of work and no one was coming. With my head down I didn't know how I was going to get through the day. I looked up and like ants at a picnic, streams of people - families, kids, elderly, … [Read more...]