Most attractions in Hartford, Connecticut are related to famous author Mark Twain. Let’s learn a bit about some of them, but also about others that are not related to him or his novels.
The Mark Twain House & Museum
This house is built in a Victorian Gothic style and this is where Mark Twain wrote Tom Sawyer and other popular novels. The house has been restored and tours are available on a regular basis. There are many tourists flocking to seeing it, so beware of crowds.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Another known author that lived in Hartford is Harriet Beecher Stowe. Those who read The American Woman’s Home will most likely recognize the kitchen described in it, in this center’s kitchen. You’ll also see some items that belonged to Harriet Beecher Stowe.
State Library and Supreme Court Building
The building hosts not only the State Library and the Supreme Court, but also the Museum of Connecticut History. Those interested in history will get the chance to see a selection of firearms and portraits along with other various items with a historic value.
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens
The park bears the name of the wife of Charles H. Pond who left the land to the city of Hartford. He gave instructions for the land to be used as a horticultural park. The gardens are now on the National Register of Historic Places, and feature more than 800 types of roses.
The State Capitol was built in 1879 in the High Victorian Gothic architectural style, therefore many people go here just for this. There are other things to pay attention to while being here, such as the stained glass windows or the Italian marble floors.
This park contains several landmarks that people can go see if they’re curious. For instance, here is where you can find the Civil War Memorial, the Israel Putnam statue and the Pump House Gallery. Do you want to see the Goldstein carousel as well? It is also found on the grounds of the park.
The number one reason to visit this museum is because this is the oldest free public museum in US. The building impresses with its Gothic-style architecture. The collections featured here include Roman and Greek bronze pieces, early American furniture and more.
Ancient Burying Ground
There are at least 6000 graves in this burying ground, as it was the only cemetery in Hartford since 1648 till early 1800. Learning a little history and taking interesting photos go hand in hand in this historic landmark.
Butler-McCook House & Garden
The oldest house in Hartford is the Butler-McCook Homestead, dating back to 1782. People come here to admire both the interior of the house and the garden designed by Jacob Weidenmann.
Old State House
There are many people coming to see this building because of the rumors of it being haunted. Build in the 18th century, the claims might be true, but you’re much more likely to see the paintings on the walls and other exhibits in either a guided or non-guided tour.