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)

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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 375th Anniversary with a signing re-enactment of the Town Covenant. Relatives of the original signers will be in attendance. Additionally, a memorial of the Covenant will be installed. Historic house and museum tours at the Henry Whitfield State Museum will also be available.

On Sunday we will be celebrating the Dedication of the New England Trail’s Southern Gateway. The New England Trail is a 220-mile national scenic trail that connects from the Long Island Sound in Guilford to the MA/NH border. The Town of Guilford, Connecticut Forest & Park Association, National Park Service, and local volunteers and partners have been working for years to connect the NET down to the Guilford Shoreline — a tremendous success!

The Dedication event will feature musical performers, speeches, exhibits, food, and the official ribbon-cutting of the trail’s southern gateway. The Dedication will be followed by a performance by The Rosenthals, a local bluegrass duo! Bring your lawn chair and/or blanket to sit outside and enjoy the festivities and a beautiful summer evening on the shore.

Additional Weekend Information:

  • There will be hikes, historic walks, and paddles all weekend long in conjunction with Connecticut Trails Day Weekend. This schedule will be published in April.
  • Parking in Town will be limited over this weekend. We will provide a parking map this Spring.
  • The annual Little Folks Fair and the Guilford Garden Club also have events scheduled for Saturday, June 7. Please visit their respective websites for additional information.

Celebrate the signing of Guilford’s original Covenant and the opening of the New England Trail – join us for this historic event!


Parking & Travel: Parking at Chittenden Park itself will be limited to speakers, performers, dignitaries, staff and those with mobility impairments. Here is what you need to know if…

You want to “Green Commute”:

Live local? Live on the shoreline? Leave the car at home! We are encouraging those who live near downtown to plan to ride your bike or walk down to the event (it is Trails Day weekend after all!).

The New England Trail goes right over the Guilford Amtrak Station making it an easy walk to events in around the Guilford Green and the Dedication at Chittenden Park – Metro North connects to the Shoreline East that runs all weekend and stops in Guilford from both easterly and westerly stations.

You have no choice and have to drive:

Jacob’s Beach will offer the most convenient parking option and you will be able to walk one block to the event at Chittenden Park. Parking will also be available at satellite locations in and around downtown Guilford. An accessible shuttle will run between those parking areas and Chittenden Park from 3pm to 8pm on June 8. The shuttle will circulate between St. George’s Church, Town Hall, the Henry Whitfield House, Guilford Trail Station, the Town Marina and Chittenden Park. Carpooling is avidly encouraged.

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