Guilford, Connecticut

Introduction to Guilford, Connecticut
Guilford, Connecticut is 12 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut and 77 miles NE of New York, New York. It is in New Haven county. The town is part of the New Haven - Meriden metro area. The population of Guilford is 21,398.
Quiet residential areas and a splendid waterfront make Guilford a choice spot for family living and outdoor activity.
The local architecture represents an array of historical periods. Contemporary designs, newer traditional styles and condominiums intermingle with fine federal, colonial and New England saltbox homes. In fact, Guilford boasts the third largest collection of historic homes in all of New England. Many are public museums. Guilford also has a handsome tree-lined town green, which is Connecticut’s largest.
Marinas and two public beaches, Jacob's Beach on Long Island Sound and Quonnipaug Beach on Quonnipaug Lake, offer swimming, fishing and boating. A state park offers hiking and wildlife observation. Public playing fields and playgrounds provide ample space for a variety of sports. Guilford is also home to the Audubon Salt Meadow Sanctuary, 200 acres of tidal wetlands.
A vibrant New Haven residential suburb, Guilford also has well-planned commercial and industrial areas concentrated in the southern section of town. Businesses find its access to rail connections and Interstate 95 ideal.
Guilford’s assets and residential attractions also include high quality public schools. It also has charming local shops, including a center featuring local crafts and arts.
Guilford History
A group of English Puritans arrived in Quinnipiac colony, whic is now known as New Haven, in 1639. Reverend Henry Whitfield negotiated with the local Native American sachem, Shaumpishuh, for a tract of land. The area was known as Menuncatuck at that time. The community later changed the name to Guilford, after a town in England. The colony prospered due to income from the rich local fields and orchards. The Connecticut Turnpike was constructed in the 20th century and catalyzed the development of the town.
Guilford and nearby Attractions
· Henry Whitfield State Historical Museum
· Guilford Historic Town Center
· Old Stone House
· Jacobs Beach
· Shell Beach
· Lake Quionnopaug Beach
· Numerous Hiking Trails
· Chaffinch Island State Park
Things To Do In Guilford
The Henry Whitfield State Historical Museum, the Thomas Griswold House, the Hyland House and the Henry Whitfield State Museum are all very easily accessible from the town and provide valuable information about the region's history. The Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, Westwoods Plaza Shopping Center and Guilford Plaza Shopping Center are ideal destinations for those who like to shop. In addition, the town hosts celebrations like the Guilford Fair and the Little Folks' Fair every year.
Guilford Higher Education
Quinnipiac University, Gateway Community College and Yale University offer opportunities for higher education.
Travel Times
Bradley Airport: 80 Minutes
Hartford: 60 Minutes
New Haven: 20 Minutes
NY Airports: 145 Minutes
NYC: 125 Minutes
White Plains: 95 Minutes
Transportation
Amtrak
CT Transit Bus
Education - Public
4 Elementary Schools, 1 Middle School, 1 High School
Hospitals/Healthcare
Children’s Hospital at Yale
Saint Raphael’s Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Shopping
Clinton Crossing
Town Shops
Utilities
Comcast Cable
CT Water Co.
Southern CT Gas