The Henry Whitfield State Museum, located in Guilford, CT, was home to the Whitfield family upon their arrival in the new world just 19 years after the pilgrims arrived in Plymouth. Journeying across the pond, Reverend Henry Whitfield sought to start a community free from religious persecution. Their family home was built with massive stone walls and chimneys, casement windows and a steeply pitched roof, and so was able to also serve as a fort for the community. Though it has undergone many changes over the years and been home to many different families, it is still the oldest house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in New England. The home has been owned and operated as a museum by the state of Connecticut since 1899.
Every year, SavATree chooses a worthy site, organization or cause which could benefit from its expertise and special tree care skills. This year, on June 16, SavATree staff from 10 states came together to assist The Henry Whitfield State museum with tree pruning and landscape management. The featured image is a group shot from this year’s annual community service event in which the management team was able to care for dozens of historic trees at the museum in honor of their 375th anniversary.