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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  

The Silver Museum/Johnson Mansion and the Royce House will be opened by appointment only during the summer months.  Please email us at  

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. 

Click here to make your contribution. 

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Grant Awarded for Connecticut Summer at the Museum

The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust was one of 10 cultural organizations in New Haven County awarded a $3,400 grant to participate in the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. The program is part of Governor Ned Lamont’s plan to use recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide students and families with summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connecticut children age 18 and under, plus one accompanying adult, can visit participating museums free of charge through September 6. Stay tuned for news about some kid-centric programs that we will be offering this summer at the American Silver Museum at the Franklin Johnson Mansion.

The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities. Trust President Jerry Farrell Jr. says, “The Governor, in partnership with CT Humanities, has given us this wonderful opportunity to share our historic homes with the next generation of supporters—children and their families and day care providers.”

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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.



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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             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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