Throughout 2019, Branford celebrates its 375th year (branford375.com) hosting a wide range of events. While in Branford you can view Harrison House (c. 1724) and Trinity Episcopal Church (1852). It’s best to call ahead for visiting hours. The distinction as the oldest town in the region belongs to New Haven which was founded in 1638 by the Puritans who designed the first planned city in America.
If those kinds of tidbits are your cup of tea, you must visit the New Haven Museum. Travel through time as the region developed from a colonial village into an industrial powerhouse with contributions by household names including Eli Whitney, Oliver Winchester and Charles Goodyear. The region lays claim to many “firsts”, including the corkscrew, lollipop, hamburger sandwich and Frisbee.
Taking a longer view of history? The world-renown Yale Peabody Museum offers up dinosaurs, human and mammal evolution, Egyptian artifacts, the birds, minerals and Native Americans of Connecticut, and so much more. The Great Hall of Dinosaurs will thrill any Brontosaurus fan.
Beyond New Haven, architecture buffs can enjoy Allis-Bushnell House and Museum (Madison), Andrews Homestead (Meriden), Pardee-Morris House (New Haven), Thomas Darling House (Woodbridge) and Reynolds-Beers House (North Branford). While gallivanting 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