A Guide to Historic Hartford Connecticut


A Guide to Historic Hartford Connecticut


Hartford, Connecticut, was settled as an agrarian society with fertile fields and abundant crops at the confluence of the Connecticut and Little (later Park) Rivers by Reverend Thomas Hooker and his Puritan congregation. Navigation on the rivers quickly established the city as a center for commerce. Author Daniel Sterner delves into the history of Hartford with tours from Bushnell Park to Asylum Hill and through Frog Hollow. Discover the many people, places, and events that have shaped the capital of the Constitution State.

  • Experience Hartford’s unique history with twelve historical tours of the capital city of Connecticut.
  • Discover the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Nook Farm, a progressive section of Asylum Hill that was home to a community of influential writers, politicians and social activists.
  • Walk the grounds of the Colt Armory, where Samuel Colt established his revolutionary firearm-manufacturing enterprise.



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