Midway between New York City and Boston, Hartford is Connecticut's capital city. Founded in 1635 on the banks of the Connecticut River, Hartford was at various times home to authors Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, inventors Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and Ella Grasso, the first woman to be elected a state governor. Today Hartford, where America's insurance industry was born
in the early 19th century, is poised for change, with a revitalized downtown core featuring a bustling convention center and top-notch science museum, the Connecticut Science Center. The city is a destination on the verge of discovery.