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 Dedication of the New England Trail’s Southern Gateway.

Re-enactment of the Signing of the Guilford Covenant

The re-enactment of the Guilford Covenant signing will occur on Saturday, June 7, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Covenant Point, a point of land between Whitfield and Old Whitfield streets, across from the Henry Whitfield State Museum.  There, the Covenant Memorial, a 24-foot-long slab of pink granite will be installed. The Guilford Rotary purchased the slab, which was hand cut in the early 1900s at the Stony Creek Quarry, from the renowned sculptor Darrell Petit, who saw its potential as a memorial.  Relatives of the original signers will attend.

In addition to witnessing the re-enactment of this historic event, visitors can tour the 375-year-old Henry Whitfield State Museum, once the home of the Reverend Henry Whitfield.  The oldest house in Connecticut, it is also the oldest stone house in New England and a unique example of Post-Medieval domestic architecture and Colonial-Revival-influenced restoration work.  It contains seventeenth- to nineteenth-century furnishings, weaving and textile equipment, the first tower clock made in the Colonies and exhibits on local and Connecticut history.

New England Trail’s Southern Gateway Dedication

The New England Trail’s Southern Gateway Dedication will take place on Sunday, June 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Chittenden Park.  The 215-mile scenic trail now connects Long Island Sound in Guilford to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.  The completion of this connection required years of work by the Town of Guilford, the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, the National Park Service and local volunteers and partners.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will open the event, followed by speeches and entertainment, including a performance from  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. by the The Rosenthals, a jazz and bluegrass father and son duo.  Phil, who lives in Guilford, was a guitarist, singer and writer in the bluegrass band Seldom Scene.  He wrote “Muddy Water,” a country and bluegrass classic.  His son Dan, a trumpeter and composer based in Boston, has toured extensively with Either/Orchestra, a world-famous jazz ensemble.

In addition to the celebratory events, several outdoor activities are part of the weekend, including paddles, hikes, a nature walk, historic walks, harbor cruises and a mural unveiling.  Several of the events are appropriate for children.

The year-long Guilford 375th Anniversary celebrations like the Covenant/Trails Weekend happen because of the generosity of the sponsors and the men and women who have devoted their time, effort and skills to providing the Town of Guilford, its residents and their friends with a year they will long remember.

Guilford 375th Anniversary Diamond Sponsors

Bishop’s Orchards
East River Energy
Guilford Savings Bank
Page Hardware & Appliance Company
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Covenant/Trails Weekend Committee Members

Janet Ainsworth
Rob Auger
Heather Allore
Carl Balestracci
Clare Cain
Dennis Culliton
Allison Dudley
Rick Maynard
Michael McBride
Paul Mei, Chair
Dean Mitchell
Jack Penders
Karen Quercia

Additionally, many other people and organizations, too numerous to mention individually, provided assistance to the committee members.

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