Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Butler-McCook Homestead

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Built in 1782, this was home to four generations of Butlers and McCooks until it became a museum in 1971. Today, it houses Hartford's...

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–96) spent her final years at this 1871 Victorian Gothic cottage, now a popular...

Mark Twain House and Museum

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Built in 1874, this building was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain) until 1891. In the time he and his...

Noah Webster House

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This 18th-century farmhouse is the birthplace of the famed author (1758–1843) of the American Dictionary. Inside you'll find Webster...

Phelps Tavern Museum

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Built in 1771 for Captain Elijah Phelps and his family, this museum's period-furnished rooms highlight the years 1786 to 1849, when it...

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