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  • 1 Mark Twain House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    351 Farmington Ave USA - Hartford, CT 06105

    A memorial to the well-known author, this delightful house was one of the comfortable Victorian dwellings that stood on Nook Farm. In the 19C a community of writers lived in this pastoral setting, including Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose..

  • 2 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    600 Main St USA - Hartford, CT 06103

    Founded in 1842, this formidable museum ranks among the first art museums in the US. The initial collection consisted of landscapes by such artists as John Trumbull, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. The museum today boasts some 45,000 works spanning ..

  • 3 Constitution Plaza Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Constitution Plaza USA - Hartford, CT 06103

    The modern 12-acre plaza completed in the 1960s provided Hartford with new office buildings, shops and an open mall, and added a striking landmark to the city's skyline: the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Building. This elliptical, glass-sheathed towe..

  • 4 Connecticut State Capitol Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    210 Capitol Ave. USA - Hartford, CT 06106

    This array of turrets, finials, gables, porches and towers, designed by Richard Upjohn, was the talk of the town when it was built in 1879. Rising above heavily sculpted walls, the capitol's golden dome overlooks Bushnell Park, designed originally by..

  • 5 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Interesting

    Museums and art

    77 Forest St. USA - Hartford, CT 06105

    Near the Mark Twain house stands a simple 1871 Victorian cottage, which was home to writer Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-96) from 1873 until her death. Stowe, whose 1852 book Uncle Tom's Cabin served to solidify Northern feelings against slavery, also ..

  • 6 Old State House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    800 Main St. USA - Hartford, CT 06103

    This elegant Federal-style building (1792) with its graceful staircases, arches, balustrades and classical pediments was designed by Charles Bulfinch, the architect of the state houses of Maine and Massachusetts. Second-floor legislative chambers con..

  • 7 State Library

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    231 Capitol Ave. USA - Hartford, CT 06106

    This building, across from the capitol, houses the State Library (east wing), the state's Supreme Court (west wing) and the State Museum (center; open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm). Museum exhibits include Colt firearms, revolving displays of Connec..

  • 8 Hartford Civic Center

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    One Civic Plaza USA - Hartford, CT

    Completed in 1975, this concrete-and-glass structure is one of Hartford's premier entertainment venues. A pedestrian walkway links the center to CityPlace. Diagonally across from the Civic Center, on Church Street, is the award-winning Hartford Stage..

  • 9 Travelers Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Tower Sq USA - Hartford, CT

    This building is the home of the Travelers Insurance Company. From the observation deck there is a view of the Hartford region.

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