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Connecticut Historic Sites
6/1/2005
Learn what your Connecticut ancestors' lives were like at these museums and parks.
Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 526-2336
William Gillette, a noted actor, director and playwright, had this 24-room mansion built between 1914 and 1919. Today it's the focal point of a state park.
 
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest St.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 522-9258
After penning Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe spent the last years of her life in this Nook Farm home. It now houses her paintings, manuscripts, writing table and other furniture.
 
The Mark Twain House and Museum
351 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 247-0998
Mark Twain spent 1874 to 1891 raising his family and writing some of his most enduring works here. Take a tour of this 19-room, Tiffany-decorated mansion representative of the Gilded Age.
 
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(800) 411-9671
This museum and library about the history of the Pequot Indians, a small tribe in southeastern Connecticut, has a walk-through re-creation of a 16th-centuryPequot village.
 
Museum of Connecticut History
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 757-6535
Don't miss the museum's restored Memorial Hall. You'll also see historic documents such as Connecticut's original 1662 Royal Charter, the 1639 Fundamental Orders, and the 1818 and 1965 state constitutions.
 
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
(888) 973-2767
This re-created 19th-century seafaring village boasts America's largest maritime museum and a shipyard with the widest-ranging boat collection in the United States.
 
Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-2670
Reputed to be the first public art museum in the United States, the Wadsworth features 50,000 pieces from ancient to contemporary, the world's largest collection of Hudson River School paintings and an array of Pilgrim-era furnishings.

Visitor Information

Connecticut Office of Tourism
505 Hudson St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(800) 282-6863
<www.ctbound.org>
 
New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau
59 Elm St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(800) 332-7829
<www.newhavencvb.org>

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