Colonial Connecticut

  • See how our colonial forefathers lived. Start at Putnam Cottage (c.1692) in Greenwich, I-95 Exit 3. It was a meeting place for local leaders during the Revolutionary War.
  • Henry Whitfield State Museum (c.1639) in Guilford, I-95 Exit 58, is New England’s oldest stone house. Visit the herb garden and museum shop. Tour the Thomas Griswold House (c.1774) and the Hyland House (1690) on Boston Street
  • then take scenic Rte. 77 north through Durham to Rte. 9 north in Middletown and I-91 north to Old Wethersfield Exit 26. The Buttolph-Williams House(c.1710) is a colonial mansion with period furnishings. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield comprises three, 18th century homes.
  • The Noah Webster House in West Hartford, I-84 Exit 41, is the restored colonial birthplace of the author of the first American dictionary.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 4) is 94 miles.

Putnam Cottage (c.1692)

Known as Knapp’s Tavern during the Revolutionary War, a meeting place of leaders, including Gen. Israel Putnam. Scalloped shingles, fieldstone fireplaces and herb garden.

Henry Whitfield State Museum

Connecticut’s oldest house (1639) and New England’s oldest stone building, built as a minister’s home and stronghold, Colonial Revial restorations 1902 and 1930s. 17th- to 19th-century furnishings, herb garden, museum shop, visitor center. National Historic Landmark

Thomas Griswold House

Colonial saltbox (c.1774) furnished in the style of early 19th-century period. Occupied by family from 1695-1958. Restored blacksmith shop and Colonial garden, changing exhibits, museum shop.

Hyland House (c.1690)

Classic early Colonial saltbox, rare furnishings, unusual interior woodwork, 3 walk-in fireplaces for 17th-century cookery; herb garden.

Buttolph-Williams House (c.1710)

Dating from the 1690s, this 17th-century “mansion house” is the best restored house of its period in the area. Hewn overhang and small casement windows evoke the influence of medieval English building styles. Authentic period furnishings throughout.

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Three 18th-century houses, two are National Historic Landmarks. Each house furnished to provide a glimpse into a distinct period of American history. Murals commissioned by Wallace Nutting, depict scenes of the historic strategy conference (1781) between Washington and Rochambeau that led to American victory at Yorktown.

Noah Webster House/Museum of West Hartford History

Tours of Webster’s restored Colonial birthplace show how a typical family lived on the eve of the Revolution. Gift shop, garden, small exhibits on local history and author of the first American dictionary. National Historic Landmark.

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