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The location of the building now known as the Henry Whitfield Museum, said to be the oldest stone house in the United States, can be seen on this 1868 map of Guilford, Connecticut.[i]   At the time of the survey, it was the property of Mrs. H.W. Chittenden. Mary, wife of Henry Ward Chittenden, had inherited this property from her mother, Mrs. Sarah (Brown) Grifling, said to be one of the wealthiest women in Connecticut at the time.[ii]


i W. Beers, surveyor, Atlas of New Haven County Connecticut: from actual surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers assisted by A.B. Prindle and others (New York: F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis, and G.G. Soule, 1868),Guilford; digital image, Historic Map Works, LLC, Historic Map Works Distributed by ProQuest (http://www.proquest.historicmapworks.com :accessed 05 Mar 2012).
 ii William Given Andrews, The Henry Whitfield House, 2nd ed. (Guilford, Connecticut: Shoreline Times, 1909),8; digital image, Internet Archive, Open Library (http://openlibrary.org/ : accessed 05 Mar 2012).
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