Old State House
Designed by Charles Bulfinch,
this was Connecticut's state capitol from
1878, and now
holds the city's information
center and museum shop.
by Henry Hobson Richardson is an architectural landmark
still in use.
Hartford's tallest observation
point stands on
a spot where
Connecticut's royal charter disappeared and was
in the cavity
of a nearby oak tree.
Hartford's fine art museum has over 60,000
items of painting,
sculpture, and contemporary and modern art.
fragrant spot with a fountain and Alexander
Center Church and Ancient Burying Ground
Thomas Hooker, founder
of Hartford, preached here, and is probably
The gravestones date back to 1640.
With 500 trees of 150 varieties, Bushnell
Park is an Olmsted oasis in the middle
of the busy city with an antique carousel still
The Capitol and Lafayette
Connecticut's State Capitol is a
potpourri of architectural
styles, with the
Museum of Connecticut History
(and its Samuel Colt collection of more
1000 firearms) and The Bushnell concert
Mark Twain House at Nook Farm
The famous author lived in this magnificent
Victorian pile for 17 years,
and wrote Tom Sawyer and many
of his other greatest works here.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House at
Mrs Stowe wrote Uncle
in Brunswick ME,
but she lived and wrote here
from 1873 until her death in 1896.
Other Fine Houses
to its other sights, Hartford has a surprising
number of palatial
most of them still occupied by wealthy
families, and anyone interested in domestic
architecture should take a drive through
the residential sections northwest of downtown.
This garden suburb of
Hartford holds the historic boyhood home
of America's first lexicographer,
If you like historic houses, several in
Old wethersfield, not far from Hartford,
are fine examples with period furnishings.