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The Old State House in Hartford served as Connecticut's state capitol from 1796 to 1878.




Connecticut's Federal-style Old State House in Hartford, finished in 1796, was the first public building designed by famed New England architect Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844).

It may be that Bulfinch copied somewhat the design of the Town Hall of Liverpool, England.

Compare the Old State House with the Massachusetts State House (1798) in Boston or The Capitol (1800) in Washington DC, both Bulfinch achievements.

Thomas Hooker

  Statue of Thomas Hooker, Old State House, Hartford CT

On the Main Street side, have a look at the statue of Hartford's founder, the Reverend Thomas Hooker (1586-1647).

Outdoor concerts are often held in the precincts of the Old State House, and three galleries inside hold exhibits which change frequently.

Warm weather finds farm markets, festivals, and concerts outside on the large lawn.

Hartford's visitor information center and museum shop are on the basement level.

Unfortunately, there is very little convenient short-term parking near the Old State House, which makes it a bit difficult to run into the information center for help.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Old State House, Hartford CT

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