Attractions

Historic Building in Hartford

Nathan Hale Homestead

Nathan Hale, a schoolteacher turned patriot who was eventually pegged as a spy during the American Revolutionary War and hanged by the British at the age of 21, was already in the Continental army when his father bu…
Historic Building in Hartford

State Capitol

Built of New England granite and white marble and topped by an ostentatious gold-leaf dome, the Gothic palace that is Connecticut’s State Capitol (1879) was designed by Richard Upjohn and took over a decade to compl…
Historic Building in Hartford

Old State House

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. Gilber…
Fort in New London

Fort Trumbull State Park

The best view of New London is to be had from the enormous Fort Trumbull, which has stood at the mouth of the Thames River since 1839. It was an integral part of the coastal defense system and an early home for the …
Historic Site in Stonington

Captain Nathaniel Palmer House

The 16-room Captain Nathaniel Palmer House is one of the finest houses in town and the former home of the first American to see the continent of Antarctica (at the tender age of 21, no less). Guided tours operate on…
Historic Site in Litchfield

Reeve House & Litchfield Law School

In 1775 Tapping Reeve established the English-speaking world's first law school at his home. When attendance overwhelmed his own house, he built the meticulously preserved one-room schoolhouse in his side yard. John…
Historic Building in Stonington

Portuguese Holy Ghost Society Building

Built in 1836, the club building of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society is a reminder of the contributions Portuguese whalers have made to Stonington since they settled in the village in the 19th century. Although the…
Historic Building in New Haven

Tomb

The Tomb is not open to the public. This is the home of Yale’s most notorious secret society, the Skull & Bones Club, founded in 1832, and its list of members reads like a ‘who’s who’ of high-powered judges, fin…
Castle in East Haddam

Gillette Castle

Built in 1919 by actor William Hooker Gillette, who made his fortune playing Sherlock Holmes, this gaudy, medieval-style 'castle' is an eccentric turreted mansion made of fieldstone. Looming on one of the Seven Sist…
Historic Building in New London

Hempsted Houses

Part of a well-laid-out walking tour are two Hempsted Houses, the wood-framed older one (1678) is one of the oldest 17th-century houses in New England and the oldest in New London. It was maintained by the descendan…