Welcome to the Ward-Heitmann House Museum



It is with great sadness that we announce the recent loss of two of our founding board members, Barbara Livingston and Nancy Ciarleglio.  In addition to being an active board member, Barbara was past Vice President of the Board of Directors, and an avid doll collector and historian.  Some of her dolls have been on display in the museum.
Nancy served as President of the Board of Directors and was Treasurer at the time of her death.  In addition to her great knowledge of history and enthusiasm for volunteering, she was instrumental in acquiring many of the grants that the museum received.  They both will be greatly missed.

The Ward-Heitmann House is the oldest surviving structure in West Haven, Connecticut and may be the oldest within the original boundaries of New Haven Colony. Written records indicate that a house belonging to Ebenezer Clark of New Haven was on the site in 1725, although the house may have been built as early as 1684. When British troops landed at Savin Rock in July 1779, the house was already at least 50 years old. It has never been moved, has never had a fire and was a residence continually until 1991. 

During its 300-year history, a number of families have lived in the house. Their life stories represent a microcosm of West Haven, Connecticut and New England history. Since buying the house from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1995, the Ward-Heitmann House Museum Foundation has been restoring the house as a museum, Each room has been furnished to show the lives of the families at various times in the history of the house, from colonial through post-Civil War. In 2003, the Ward Heitmann House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 2006, the Museum held a series of events to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.


 

Library of Congress
National Trust
National Register
 

Come visit this American treasure that has withstood the tests of three centuries.  The Ward-Heitmann House Museum retains its original clapboards, hearthroom, chimney, flooring and beams.  A true testament to the craftsmanship of its day. Our door is open to the public on the following schedule:

Normal Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday 


PLEASE CALL 
ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE FOR ALL TOURS

277 Elm Street (P.O. Box 573)
West Haven, CT 06516
203-937-9823
Click here for directions


 

Become a member of the Ward-Heitmann House Museum. Help our history to continue! We invite you to download the membership application and sign up today.

 


Membership Application
 

 

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