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Interesting architecture, a fine arts museum, sculptures by Alexander Calder, Mark Twain's mansion, even an antique carousel for the kids—and adults, for that matter.



The Old State House

Designed by Charles Bulfinch, this was Connecticut's state capitol from 1796 to 1878, and now holds the city's information center and museum shop.

The Richardson

A Connecticut brownstone by Henry Hobson Richardson is an architectural landmark still in use.

Travelers Tower

Hartford's tallest observation point stands on a spot where Connecticut's royal charter disappeared and was hidden in the cavity of a nearby oak tree.

Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford's fine art museum has over 60,000 items of painting, sculpture, and contemporary and modern art.

Burr Mall

A shady, fragrant spot with a fountain and Alexander Calder's Stegosaurus (1971).

Center Church & Ancient Burying Ground

Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, preached here, and is probably buried here. The gravestones date back to 1640.

Bushnell Park

With 500 trees of 150 varieties, Bushnell Park is an Olmsted oasis in the middle of the busy city with an antique carousel still in operation.

The Capitol & Lafayette Square

Connecticut's State Capitol is a potpourri of architectural styles, with the Museum of Connecticut History (and its Samuel Colt collection of more than 1000 firearms) and The Bushnell concert hall nearby.

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 Nook Farm

Mrs Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin in Brunswick ME, but she lived and wrote here from 1873 until her death in 1896.

Other Fine Houses

In addition to its other sights, Hartford has a surprising number of palatial houses, 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.

West Hartford

This garden suburb of Hartford holds the historic boyhood home of America's first lexicographer, Noah Webster.

Old Wethersfield

If you like historic houses, several in Old wethersfield, not far from Hartford, are fine examples with period furnishings.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Tourist Information

West Hartford

Old Wethersfield

Hartford Transportation

Famous New Englanders

Hartford Homepage

Connecticut River


Paris Girls Secret Society, the new novel by Tom Brosnahan


Antique Carousel, Bushnell Park, Hartford CT

The antique carousel in Bushnell Park
What fun! Rides are cheap!


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