15 The New Haven Museum should be your first stop for a comprehensive offering of all things New Haven. From our extensive list of “firsts” – including the first planned city in America – are rubber boots, the tape measure, corkscrew, lollipop, hamburger sandwich, Frisbee and the now very quaint sounding telephone book. You’ll learn about the Amistad affair that changed the course of history, Eli Whitney, Nathan Hale and much more. New Haven is a city meant for walking tours, ranging from a short stroll on the town green to a long afternoon’s worth of ambling through early American history. The compact city center makes the logistics simple. Almost everything you need is within a few strides. The Grove Street Cemetery, the Amistad Memorial and the New Haven Green (including the three famous churches – First Church of Christ, Trinity Church on the Green and United Church on the Green) are just a few steps apart. Many of the surrounding towns feature Colonial architecture. While some buildings have limited hours, typically open in the summer months, architecture buffs can enjoy the exterior views. Examples include Allis-Bushnell House and Museum (Madison), Andrews Homestead (Meriden), Harrison House (Branford), Pardee-Morris House (New Haven), Thomas Darling House (Woodbridge) and Reynolds-Beers House (North Branford). While traipsing about, be sure to stop by the oldest house in Connecticut, Henry Whitfield State Museum (Guilford). The home offers self-guided tours and special holiday events. HISTORIC SITES OR MUSEUMS Henry Whitfield State Museum (c.1639), 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. The oldest house in Connecticut, this unusual stone building was constructed in 1639 for Henry Whitfield. The Whitfield House features three floors of 17th-19th century furnishings and artifacts. The introductory exhibit, The Old Stone House, details the house’s history from Guilford’s settlement period through its restoration in the 1930s. Self-guided tours. Take a stroll around the landscaped grounds, which feature extensive stone walls, a bronze statue representing Henry Whitfield, and a ship’s cannon from the War of 1812. Fees. Call for seasonal hours. 203-453-2457, cultureandtourism.org New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Permanent exhibitions include the New Haven Gallery with the Eli Whitney Cotton Gin; The Amistad Gallery with Nathaniel Joselyn’s Cinque Portrait; The Ingersoll Room, The Maritime Gallery with additional temporary exhibitions. $4 adult, $3 senior, $2 student, free for children under 12; free first Sunday of the month 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m. 203-562-4183, newhavenmuseum.org Trinity Church on the Green (1752), Corner of Chapel and Temple Sts., New Haven. Current building on the New Haven Green is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival in America. The Trinity Choir of Men and Boys is the sixth oldest in the United States. Open for prayer and meditation weekdays. Check website for hours. Sunday services at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m. Evensong twice per month. 203-624- 3101, trinitynewhaven.org History Henry Whitfield State Museum New Haven is a city meant for walking tours, ranging from a short stroll on the town green to a long afternoon’s worth of ambling through early American history. A Haven For History Buffs