Old State House
The best views of the city and the Connecticut River can be found on the observation deck of the 34-story Travelers Tower, named after...
Established by the Reverend Thomas Hooker when he came to Hartford from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632, this church still holds...
Ancient Burying Ground
In the Ancient Burying Ground behind Center Church lie the remains of Hooker and Revolutionary War patriots Joseph and Jeremiah...
Vaughan's Public House
This popular Irish pub serves a full pub menu – including beer-battered cod and chips, Guinness lamb stew and farmhouse pie – at a long...
Pavilion at State House Square
This handy food court opposite the Old State House draws a crowd for its variety of ethnic eateries, including several vegetarian options.
800 Main St · interesting places nearby
Old State House information
Connecticut's original capitol building (from 1797 to 1873) was designed by Charles Bulfinch, who also designed the Massachusetts State House in Boston, and was the site of the trial of the Amistad prisoners. Gilbert Stuart's famous 1801 portrait of George Washington hangs in the senate chamber. The newly expanded space houses interactive exhibits aimed at kids, as well as a Museum of Curiosities that features a two-headed calf, a narwhal's horn and a variety of mechanical devices.