Griswold House Museum, Colorized Postcard


Thomas Griswold III built this sturdy New England saltbox house on the knoll at 171 Boston Street in 1774 for his two youngest sons, John and Ezra. The dwelling was continuously owned and occupied by five generations of the Griswold family. It has been maintained by The Guilford Keeping Society since 1958. The Slippery Elm, popularized as the Gateway to Guilford, ultimately succumbed to the installation of trolley tracks on Boston Street which caused extensive root damage to this once so prestigious symbol of Guilford.

This photo is looking northeast on Boston Street, at the intersection with Lovers' Lane.  


Copyright 2015, Guilford Keeping Society. Access to the original print and the high resolution digitized version by permission of the Guilford Keeping Society Library Committee at P.O. Box 363, Guilford, CT 06437, 203-453-2263


The Griswold House and the "Gateway to Guilford" elm are shown in black at white photo on this site:


High res picture: 120 dpi or greater (this resolution is shown in the cropped out-take). Low res picture: 72 dpi (this is shown in the larger photo on this page).


Historic Homes


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1868 District Name

South East District of the Village Center

Local and National Historic Districts

(3) "Guilford Historic Town Centre as listed on the National Register of Historic Places but Not Part of the Local Historic Districts"

Location Based on Modern Roads

(7) South of Rt 146 (or south of that portion of Rt 1 that is east of the intersection with Rt 146)



Unknown artist/author, “Griswold House Museum, Colorized Postcard,” Guilford Keeping Society Archives, accessed November 24, 2020,