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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/Johnson Mansion

  Royce House  

  American Silver Museum at the Johnson Mansion  

Due to COVID-19, the Silver Museum/Johnson Mansion and the Royce House will be closed for  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.


 Help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust through your contribution to the Great Give. Click here to make your contribution. Our goal? 300 donations by May 5.



On Thursday, January 28, Lyndsay and Chris Rinere, owners of The Dressing Room, donated a mannequin to the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust. WHPT Trustee Richard Straub escorted “Lady M” to her permanent home at the American Silver Museum at the Franklin Johnson Mansion where she will be dressed in vintage clothing from the Victorian era.


Although the American Silver Museum has been closed to visitors since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, museum volunteers have continued to work in pairings to display our collection of vintage 19th century clothing to share with the public when the museum reopens. “If anyone wishes to gift an additional dress maker’s mannequin, we’ll be happy to receive it,” says volunteer and “wardrobe mistress” Alberta Flynn.  To donate gifts in kind, please email or call and leave a message at (203) 265-4025.


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

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

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               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!


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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

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