Guilford Village Walkway
Connecting to history through ecologic stewardship
This feasibility study evaluated options for a proposed walkway route that would provide a pedestrian connection between the new train station and the historic town center as well as provide a link to historic Guilford Green, and cultural and ecological sites along the route.
The route highlights significant historic structures and landscapes including the Henry Whitfield House and State Museum, a National Historic Landmark, the Dorothy Hyland House and the Thomas Griswold House. Two other key historic features include the historic Rollwood Farm–Woodruff property, the site of a working farm up to the 1960’s and the 1870’s vintage railroad buildings at the train station.
Significant ecological areas within the study area include the Guilford Agricultural Society’s fairgrounds which are maintained as mowed agricultural fields and historic Sluice Creek with its associated wetlands. The creek, which is present on historic maps of Guilford, is now almost stagnant having become filled with silt deposits and overgrown with invasive plant material.
The study proposes restoration of the creek and surroundings so that views to the historic agricultural fields can be restored and storm water flooding and mosquito problems can be abated. The study is available online at the website of the Guilford Preservation Alliance.