Five Reasons to Visit Hartford
Did you know that Hartford is one of the oldest cities in the United States? Known as the “Insurance Capital of the World,” Hartford received its nickname from its history as a vital trading center that deployed ships overseas with goods, with the crew facing imminent threats and risks such as pirates, accidents, storms, and fires. Groups of merchants concerned about these risks helped to propel the establishment of the insurance industry, with the first company created in 1810—the Hartford Fire Insurance Group.
Famous authors Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe called Hartford home, as well as the firearms manufacturer, Samuel Colt. A unique New England city rich in history, Hartford has much to offer to visitors, including:
1. The Amistad Trail—Take a walk back in time on the Amistad Trail, part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail (the African-American journey from slavery to freedom). The trail includes significant historic churches, grave monuments, homes, and other sites of the Underground Railroad.
For more information, visit www.ctmuseumquest.com/?page_id=2812 or call 860-566-3005.
2. Mark Twain’s mansion—Take a tour of Mark Twain’s 19 room mansion that he and his family lived in during 1874–1891.
For more information, visit www.marktwainhouse.org.
3. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center—Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. A museum and program center dedicated to Stowe’s work is available for visitors, as well as interactive tours of Stowe’s home and garden. In addition, programs are available to inspire action on social justice issues.
For more information, visit www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org.
4. Parks, parks, and more parks—Hartford is home to many beautiful waterfront parks including:
• Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
• Riverside Park
• Charter Oak Landing
• Great River Park
• Bushnell Park—first public park in the U.S. that was financed with public funds, and is home to 1157 varieties of trees, a pond, jogging paths, a 1914 wooden carousel, and memorials honoring both Civil War and Spanish-American War soldiers.
For more information about the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Riverside Park, Charter Oak Landing, and Great River Park, visit www.riverfront.org/parks.
For further information about Bushnell Park, visit www.bushnellpark.org.
5. Wadsworth Atheneum —The Wadsworth Atheneum features 50,000 pieces of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary. It is the first public art museum that was opened in the U.S. and features the largest collection of Hudson River School Paintings in the world, along with many Pilgrim-era furnishings and European and American art.
For more information, visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org.