Murals Dedication on the Sullivan Drive Bridge in Guilford

by Peter Otis Pictures in this photo series include the talented students who created the murals of iconic Guilford scenes. Included here are images of Selectwoman Cindy Cartier who congratulated the students, Former Selectwoman and 375th Celebrations Chair Veronica Wallace and 375th Anniversary Committee member Paul Mei who came up with the idea for these murals that serve as a lovely entrance to the New England Trail opening on the East River Preserve. Learn more here and click the photo … [Read more...]

New England Trail Dedication

by Peter Otis On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Chittenden Park became THE spot to be in Guilford. The Dedication of the Southernmost Point on the New England Trail was dedicated. "From the Sound to the Summits" is a mantra that will be followed by many hikers who will travel through nearly 10% of the trail in Guilford as it stretches to Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire. Perfect weather, live music, food, a group photo, and a chance to honor many who made this trail possible provided the afternoon's … [Read more...]

Covenant Stone Dedication

by Peter Otis Many years ago Former First Selectman and now current Selectman Carl Balestracci had identified a lovely piece of pink granite that has been turned into our Covenant Stone to display the words of the Covenant and the names of the men who signed it. On June 7, 2014 townspeople and students from the Calvin Leete School re-enacted the signing at Covenant Point across from the Henry Whitfield State Museum (Stone House).  Guilford Historian Joel Helander and a number of other speakers … [Read more...]

Covenant & Trails Weekend

Join us as we celebrate the signing of Guilford’s original covenant and the Dedication of the New England Trail’s Southern Gateway! (Click photo below for a slideshow) [easy-media med="2040" size="600,400" mark="gallery-cRJzH0"] When: Covenant Signing: Saturday, June 7 (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) New England Trail Dedication: Sunday, June 8 (4 - 7:30 p.m.) Where: Covenant Signing: Convenant Point New England Trail Dedication: Chittenden Park What: On Saturday we will celebrate the Town’s … [Read more...]

Guilford Turns its Town Green into 1860’s America

History came alive on the gorgeous spring day of May 31, 2014, when the Guilford Green was abuzz with stories, music, dance, theatre, horse-drawn carriages and more, channeling 1860's America. "Guilford & The Civil War: A Day of Tribute" took place in honor of Guilford's 375th Anniversary, commemorating the valiant soldiers who fought and gave their lives in America's deadliest war, and recognizing as well the families and entire Guilford community who supported them on the homefront. … [Read more...]

Celebrate Guilford’s 375th Anniversary with Two Signature Events on the Weekend of June 6 to 8

Celebrate Guilford’s 375th Anniversary with Two Signature Events on the Weekend of June 6 to 8 Re-enactment of the Signing of the Guilford Covenant New England Trail’s Southern Gateway Dedication As part of the Guilford 375th Anniversary’s year-long celebration, two commemorative events, one of historic significance and the other history in the making, will take place the weekend of June 6 to 8, 2014.  They are the re-enactment of the signing of the Guilford Covenant and the … [Read more...]

Paddles, Hikes, Nature Walk, Historic Walks, Harbor Cruises and More

Weekend Activities, June 6 to 8 Paddles, Hikes, Nature Walk, Historic Walks, Harbor Cruises and More In commemoration of the dedication of the New England Trail’s Southern Gateway, Guilford’s 375th Anniversary festivities will include several outdoor events, several of them appropriate for children. PADDLES Friday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the East River State Boat Launch on Neck Road. Paddle the East River into Guilford Harbor past Jacobs Beach, adjacent to … [Read more...]

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...]