June 6 – 8, 2014 was an incredibly busy weekend in Guilford with 375th Anniversary related activities. Bewteen Friday and Sunday four significant events unveiled 4 new sites for residents and visitors to enjoy and use.
First – Murals of Guilford iconic spots painted by Guilford school students were dedicated on the bridge over the East River on Sullivan Drive. This bridge is at one of the trailheads for the East River Preserve.
Second – Rollwood Park at the corner of Stonehouse Lane and Old Whitfield Street was dedicated. This little pocket park was once the site of the home of Governor Rollin Woodruff, 62nd Governor of Connecticut, who held the office from 1907 to 1909. The Guilford Garden Club and the Town have been enhancing it with cleanups and plantings recently. It is a lovely addition to the South Guilford District!
Third – The Covenant Stone that has the very powerful Guilford Covenant (aka “The Plantation Covenant”) and the names of our founders engraved in a large slab of Guilford pink Granite was dedicated. Located at “Covenant Point” at the intersection of New and Old Whitfield Streets across from the Whitfield State Museum (i.e. the oldest stone house in New England), the program included speeches and a re-signing of the Covenant by elementary school students. The original signed covenant and deed were on display in Town Hall, making this 2014 event even more meaningful.
Fourth- The Southern terminus of the New England Trail – the latest and the eleventh addition to the the Nation’s National Scenic Trail system was dedicated. Located at Chittenden Park, the day included music, speeches and a ribbon cutting for the boardwalk that leads from Long Island Sound to Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire.
Thanks for viewing these images from our exciting dedications weekend! Do study the Covenant Stone. Do hike the New England Trail and see the murals done by the students. Do visit the Stone House Museum and rest a bit in Rollwood Park!