Griswold House Postcard

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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.  




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The Griswold House and the "Gateway to Guilford" elm are shown in a photo by Charles Hubbard:


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

Spatial Coverage

171 Boston Street
Route 146 (Rt 146)

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Local and National Historic Districts

Guilford Historic Town Centre as listed on the National Register of Historic Places but not in either of the Local Historic Districts

1868 District Name

South East District of the Village Center

Location Based on Modern Roads

South of Rt 146 (or south of that part of Rt 1 east of the intersection with Rt 146)


Guilford, CT


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Unknown artist/photographer, “Griswold House Postcard,” The Guilford Keeping Society Archives, accessed August 1, 2021,