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Connecticut State Library

Connecticut State Library

210 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106directionsDirections
(860) 757-6500

History buffs, lifelong residents or just naturally curious minds will enjoy visiting the Connecticut State Library and State Archives. This facility is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut and provides a variety of information that includes historical documents and information, public records, and administrative services. There is also a moderately-sized but largely interesting museum in the building that does an impressive job of spotlighting all things Connecticut.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest St
Hartford, CT 06105directionsDirections
(860) 525-9258

Hartford resident Harriet Beecher Stowe attracted plenty of attention when she published her anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her outspoken nature and desire to champion issues like human dignity and equality were hallmarks of not only her work, but of the woman herself. You can learn more about her and her various campaigns to end racism when you visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The center and museum of sorts hosts various exhibits that stand alongside Stowe's personal effects that all work together to tell the story of this courageously outspoken author whose battle is still being fought today. The center spotlights current projects that are still being implemented in Stowe's honor.

Mark Twain House & Museum

Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105directionsDirections
(860) 247-0998

Even if you've read Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer several times, you still may not really know much about the man who created these timeless works of American literature. A visit to Hartford's Mark Twain House & Museum will change all that in a truly dramatic fashion. The historic home has been meticulously preserved and treats visitors to the sight of various personal items that belonged to Twain, who made his home here before and after he met with his staggering success. Among the most striking pieces at this house museum are his writing desk, eyeglasses and other personal curiosities, and various first editions of his most famous books.

Old State House

Old State House

800 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103directionsDirections
(860) 522-6766

The first thing that will strike you about the Old State House is its impressive architecture and colonial design. That regal air remains when you step inside, and a wealth of historical information awaits you when you take one of the popular tours of the building. This is where the Amistad Trials took place, and the building itself holds a bit of an unsettling history as it is situated on the site of the country's first witch hanging. Learn more about that and many other interesting and pivotal events from your tour guide as well as from the many exhibits and multimedia presentations that dramatically convey some of Hartford's most significant historical events.

State Historic Preservation Office

State Historic Preservation Office

59 S Prospect St
Hartford, CT 06106directionsDirections
(860) 566-3005

As many historians will tell you, freedom isn't free. Our country's freedom came at the cost of the efforts and the lives of people who were vigilant in their pursuit for the American Way. Learn about who they were, what they did and how their actions still resonate today when you take a tour of the State Historic Preservation Office. This museum-style facility pays tribute to the brave men and women who pursued freedom at any cost. You will also learn about the Underground Railroad as well as the various laws that were enacted to further the cause of freedom.

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