Scroll below for news, stories, and more about the Town of Guilford during its 375th Anniversary year.

2014: An Historic Year in Review

Thank you all for a year of memories during the Town of Guilford's historic 375th Anniversary. Here are our favorite 375 memories, you can share yours here, and reminisce through the video montage below. May we all stay healthy, happy, and prosperous for the next 25 years! Photo Contributors: Peter Otis, Ben Kuropat, Steve McGuire, Courtney Gorham, Mary Beeman, Catherine Kiernan, Lisa Calderone, and historic photo reference help from Patricia Baldwin of the Guilford Free Library Please … [Read more...]

Thank You from the Guilford 375th Anniversary Committee

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Limited Supply of 375th Merchandise Left!

Shop early for the holidays while Guilford's 375th Anniversary commemorative merchandise is still being sold! Page Hardware, on 9 Boston Street on the Town Green, has a limited supply of: 375 Hats 375 Mugs 375 Bells Don't let 2014 close without your own Guilford@375 special merchandise! … [Read more...]

Happy 375th Birthday, Guilford!

by Lee Brockmann My family first came to Guilford in 1970, when my husband Fred Brockmann was selected to be Guilford's second Superintendent of Schools. (Deb Cox was Guilford's first Superintendent.) We left in 1977 when Farmingdale, Long Island, made him an offer he couldn't refuse, to be Supt. of Schools there. But when he retired from the Superintendency there in 1985, we returned to Guilford, because it was our favorite "home town." Shortly after our return, I became involved in the … [Read more...]

Interfaith Service of Gratitude for Guilford’s 375th Anniversary

On Sunday afternoon, July 13th, at 1 p.m., nearly 100 people gathered under a tent on the Guilford Green to celebrate the religious freedom sought by the Rev. Henry Whitfield and the settlers of Guilford when they founded the Town in 1639. Clergy from Guilford and Madison joined together in an Interfaith service of Gratitude. The program included a welcome by Rev. Lynn Carmen Bodden, Interim Minister of First Congregational Church, and greetings by Veronica Wallace, Chair of the Guilford … [Read more...]

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...]

Michael Greco Wins Guilford 375th Anniversary Photo Contest

Michael Greco, a graduate of Guilford High School Class of 2014, was the winner of the photo contest sponsored by the Guilford 375th Anniversary Committee for GHS students.  Michael’s photo of the Goss Property, now part of the East River Preserve, captured the greatest number of Committee votes. Supervised by GHS English teacher Sarah Kostandin, the contest was open to all Guilford High School students.  It was the third student competition sponsored by the Committee in its efforts to … [Read more...]

What Guilford Means to Me

by Betty Whiteman Abel Celebration….2014. I’ve been celebrating Guilford since I was a little girl. How very meaningful, this place I call “Home.” Fine memories take over when I start to think of what Guilford means to me. From the river to the East, the orchards to the West, the Sunday afternoon Motorcycle Climb event in North Guilford, and then the Dock and Jacobs Beach if we go South. Guilford is a small New England town that holds something very special for all those who stay awhile. I … [Read more...]