Royce House  

The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust is the owner and caretaker of the Royce House and the American Silver Museum at the Franklin Johnson Mansion

  American Silver Museum at the Johnson Mansion  

Due to the situation with the Corona Virus, the Silver Museum/Johnson Mansion and the Royce House will be closed for any events and regular tours. However, we will consider private tours of 3-4 people in one family, wearing masks.  Please call 203 265-4025 and leave a message. 

Who We Are


In 1991, the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust (WHPT), a 501(c)3 organization, was formed to preserve the town’s architectural and cultural history. Our Board of Trustees, Collections, Events, Library, Archives Members and Docents are all volunteers.


Check out our latest project, which will focus on a long-ignored aspect of the culture of Wallingford. See the link above for Black Stories Matter.

While the corona virus may be cancelling many programs, the Silver Museum at the Franklin Johnson mansion was fortunate to receive the help of the Crew from Sheehan High School.  Led by John Womelsdorf and Faculty Advisor Mike Tyrrell, along with Charles Ennis, Anthony Galicia, Brenden Hilinski and Mike Womelsdorf, these young men spent five hours raking 50 bags of leaves, filling twelve truckloads of logs and brush as well as clearing other areas of the landscape.  Everyone on site wore face masks and remained socially distanced.  Wallingford is blessed to have such a great group of students willing and able to volunteer for community service.


Sit back and enjoy a historic presentation by the Lebanon Militia from their visit in 2018.

​​​​​​Click: Colonial Days at the Johnson Museum

               Our Mission

The Mission of Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust is threefold:

1.    WHPT seeks to acquire, preserve, interpret and educate the public about historic structures and culture in early Wallingford.  

2.    To feature the 1840-1980 period of silver manufacturing in Wallingford and Meriden.

3.    To support a more fully accurate portrayal for all, WHPT commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation.


​​​Our Historic House Museuns

The Trust owns two historically significant structures that have been restored to bring the history of Wallingford to life. The Royce House at 538 North Main St. and the American Silver Museum/Johnson Mansion at 153 South Main St.





Many of you will be ordering items throughout the year from Amazon.

Did you know that you can use Amazon Smile with your own account and a percent of your order will go to WHPT?

Click the Support Us tab (under MORE, above) to find out how simple this is to do!  Thank You!


Finding Silver Makers

​​​The Trust is seeking the names of silver workers from the Wallingford and Meriden silver companies.  To enter information about friends or relatives, please click on the Resources tab above; then click on Finding Wallingford Silver Makers. 

Fill in as much as possible and SUBMIT.


             Walkin' up Main St.

Check out a new video walk of South and North Main St.; Also the Barnes House and Gungywamp House on Clintonville Rd.  by John Watson

Don't forget to add our website - - to your list of computer "bookmarks".


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