Welcome to the Ward-Heitmann House Museum

As phase 2 of the foundation work begins, the museum will be closed until further notice.

The work continues on the Library addition of the house.  The room has been carefully raised, rotted wood replaced and a new foundation is being built. 

The Library Wing
Foundation Work on the Library Wing

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.


277 Elm Street (P.O. Box 573)
West Haven, CT 06516
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


Copyright © 2004 Ward-Heitmann House Museum.  All rights reserved.
Web Site Produced by Learning Services by Design, LLC.
Last updated June 24, 2018.