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Facts of Interest

Year Town Incorporated: 1636
Form of Government: Mayor Eddie A. Perez (860) 543-8500
Geographic Location;
Geographic Area; 45 sq km (17 sq mi)
Current Population: Est. 1,189,113 (2007)
Median Household Income: $22,140 (1990)
State Lands: http://www.healthy.hartford.gov/OpenSpace/OSParks.htm
Bushnell Park, Elizabeth Park,


Hartford History

Hartford, Connecticut


Founded by Dutch traders in the early 1600’s and established by the Reverend Thomas Hooker in 1636--- what started as a fort called the “House of Hope” is now a land of growth and opportunity for an enormously diverse population. I encourage you to enjoy our rich blend of history, culture, and architectural gems--- with a progressive attitude towards business, education, and neighborhood economic development. Hartford is the home of such internationally known treasures as the Wadsworth Atheneum (the nation’s first public museum), as well as attractions like the Mark Twain House, the Hartford Stage, the Bushnell Memorial, and the Artists Collective. But ever since traders used the Connecticut River to conduct business, Hartford has been abuzz with insurance and financial transactions. Companies such as Aetna, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Phoenix, and Travelers have their roots here--- as does industrial giants like United Technologies.

But our biggest pride is our people--- a melting pot of the world that’s reflected in our restaurants, business districts, and entertainment. I hope you find this website helpful for gaining access to the information you need about our great city. Enjoy!

Eddie A. Perez

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut. It is located in Hartford County, situated at the head of navigation on the west bank of the Connecticut River in the north central part of the state. Hartford is a financial, commercial, and service-oriented city, noted since the 1790s as one of the chief centers of the insurance business in the United States. Air transportation is through Bradley International Airport.

Among the landmarks of Hartford are the Old State House (1796), a fine example of the Federal style of architecture designed by Charles Bulfinch; the State Capitol (1879), which has in its historic collections the tombstone of Israel Putnam, a general in the American Revolution (1775-1783); and the homes of the writers Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Other points of interest are the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, opened in 1844 and considered the nation’s oldest public art museum; Real Art Ways, an art gallery which also emphasizes performing arts; and Elizabeth Park, noted for its many varieties of roses.

Hartford is home to a symphony orchestra, ballet company, opera, and theater. The city is the seat of Trinity College (1823), Hartford College for Women (1939), Hartford Graduate Center (1955), and Hartford Seminary (1834); the University of Hartford (1877) is in nearby West Hartford. The Hartford Courant, established in 1764, is one of the country’s oldest newspapers.

Long inhabited by Native Americans of the Sicaog people, the area was first visited by Europeans when Adriaen Block, a Dutch navigator, explored the Connecticut River in 1614. In 1633 the Dutch established the House of Hope, a trading post and fort. The first English settlement was founded in 1635 by John Steele and a band of companions; in 1636 the Reverend Thomas Hooker and his assistant, Samuel Stone, came with most of their congregation from New Towne (now Cambridge, Massachusetts). The following year the settlement was named Hartford for Hertford, England, Stone’s birthplace.

In 1639 Hartford became part of Connecticut Colony, governed under the Fundamental Orders, sometimes regarded as the first written constitution. King Charles II of England granted the colony a charter in 1662, and the capital was located in Hartford; from 1701 until 1875 both Hartford and New Haven served as the joint seats of Connecticut’s government. In 1687 Sir Edmund Andros, the newly appointed governor of New England, attempted to obtain the colony’s charter. Refusing to defer to the authority of Andros, the enterprising colonists, led by Captain Joseph Wadsworth, are said to have hidden the document in an oak tree. The tree (called the Charter Oak) was blown down in 1856; the site is marked by a plaque.

Hartford served as a vital supply depot during the American Revolution. It was incorporated as a city in 1784. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Hartford (or Connecticut) Wits, a group of conservative Federalist Party writers, flourished here. From 1814 to 1815 the city was the scene of the Hartford Convention, called by Federalist Party leaders to protest the policies of President James Madison in the War of 1812 (1812-1815).

During the early 19th century Hartford’s industries introduced a number of products to the American public; these included dental gold (1812), the revolver (1836), oilcloth (1837), and machine-made watches (1838). Hartford’s insurance business, dating from 1794, began to flourish with the introduction of life insurance underwriting in the mid-19th century. Late in the 19th century the city enjoyed a period of rapid economic growth. The poet Wallace Stevens lived in Hartford and worked in its insurance business until his death in 1955.

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Katharine Hepburn's Grave
If there's a patron saint of Yankee blue-bloodedness, it's Katharine Hepburn. Born in Hartford, Hepburn was voted the greatest female star in the history of cinema by the American Film Institute in 1999 for her work in films ranging from Bringing up Baby to The African Queen. Fitting Hepburn's non-flashy image, her final resting place is hidden away and marked only by a simple stone adorned with her name. But even if you don't find her grave, the Cedar Hill Cemetery is worth a stroll.

Hartford Chorale
(860) 244.2999

A volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization, serves as the primary symphonic chorus for the greater Hartford community. The Chorale provides experienced, talented singers with the opportunity to study and perform at an exceptional level of musicianship. Through its concerts and collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other organizations.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra
99 Pratt Street Hartford, CT 06103-1629 (860)244.2999
Marking its 64th season in 2007-2008, is Connecticut's premier musical organization and is widely recognized as one of America's leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra believes passionately in the performance of live symphonic music and its value in the community.

Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Visitors can take a tour of the legendary author's home. Both an oddity and a beauty, this home will be sure to capture your attention and admiration. This is the big marquee name in Hartford cultural activities, and the reasons are obvious. Mark Twain is rightfully one of the best-known figures in American letters, and the house is like Hartford's opulent history captured in amber. Toward the beginning of the tour, most guides will announce they will refer to Mr. Twain by his penless name, Samuel Clemens

Real Art ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 232-1006
An alternative multi-disciplinary arts organization that presents and supports contemporary artists and their work, facilitates the creation of new work, and creativelym Creative Cocktail, the arts-iest, farts-iest party in town. It's really an X-Files-worthy mystery why everybody seems smarter and sexier surrounded by art and awash in beer and wine. engages...http://www.realartways.org/






















Hartford Town Hall
(Windsor Town Hall)
330 Windsor St
Hartford, CT 06120

(860) 547-0251


78 LaSalle Rd West Hartford Ct 06107
(860) 233-0220
The menu features everything from seafood, hand-made pizzas, braised veal Osso Buco, gnocchi, pasta to innovative salad choices, grape bread and great tasting meat entrees.

City Steam

942 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 525 - 1600
City Steam Brewery Cafe is a spectacular 7 level restaurant in the historic Richardson Building within the Marriott Residence Inn. The 15 barrel brew house allows brewmaster Ron Page to handcraft up to 12 styles of ales and lagers. The casually priced classic brew house menu with new world touches provides a menu for everyone's tastes. The award winning Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club Thursday at 8, Friday and Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m. Live entertainment or DJ most evenings - no cover! Also: Large upscale pool room, outdoor beer garden and many function rooms for 10 to 300people.

977 farmington Ave West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 236-1930

A fusion of Italian and French cuisines that reflect a more sophisticated, modern dining experience. And it’s a feeling that begins as soon as you walk through the door. The interior design provides a distinctive European feel, which contributes significantly to setting the right atmosphere for new culinary discoveries.

Ichiban Japanese & Korean Restaurant

530 Farmington Av Hartford CT 6105
A fish and wasabi lovers delight: California maki, Tuna maki, Eel maki, Shrimp Tempura, Sashimi Appetizers and more.
Masala Indian Bar & Restaurant
391 Main St. (Capitol Ave.) Hartford CT 06106
(860) 882-0900
This upscale Indian is a non-traditional and innovative. The menu is unmistakably Indian. Enjoy the rogan josh (robust, spicy lamb in a tomato cream sauce) and my favorite the vegetable & meat samosa. Smart browns, oranges and golds dominate the color palette, while copper tandoors and traditional Indian saris and artwork adorn the walls and windows. Service is diligent
Plan B New American Tavern
138 Park Rd, West Hartford
(860) 231-1199
Over 40 beers, including many regional and hard-to-find microbrews, should satisfy just about any hops connoisseur. Meanwhile, burger prep has been elevated to a near-religion here: patties are freshly ground and hand-shaped in-house daily (one of Plan B’s slogans is “Never a Perfectly Round Burger”); toppings---including American cheese and adventurous add-ons like avocados and fried eggs--
Vegas Boulevard Pizza
233 Sisson Ave, Hartford, CT (860) 232-3749
A pizzeria and bar with the vibe of a Las Vegas lounge where you would find a Frank Sinatra impersonator. The proprietor claims he serves the “Best Pizza in Town, bar none,” and that he personally oversees each hand-tossed, New Haven-style pie


Black Eyed Sallys
350 Asylum Street Hartford CT 06103
(860) 278-7427

Has built a national reputation for bringing in some of the best recording artists on the blues circuit today. Live entertainment Wednesday thru Saturday nights. Many well known acts have graced their stage over the years: Lucky Peterson, Shemika Copeland and Ronnie Earl to just name a few. On occasion some really big names have dropped in to eat or jam at Sally's like Clarence Clemons, David Crosby, Graham Nash, the members of the Allman Brothers band, Dave Matthews and even the gang from American Idol.
Besides good music Black Eyed Sallys serves unique favorites like Louisiana Gumbo (Chicken, crawfish, and andouille sausage in a spicy stew), Cherry Bomb or BBQ Wings, Deep Fried Catfish Fingers, Sweet Corn & Chicken Chowder, Memphis Style Pork Rib Platter and many other southern favorites.

Bushnell Park
99 Trinity St Hartford CT
"...an opening in the heart of the city..., to which citizens will naturally flow in their walks; ...a place where children play; ...a place for holiday scenes and celebrations; ...where rich and poor will exchange looks and make acquaintance through the eyes; ...a place of life and motion that will make us more completely conscious of being one people."
– The Rev. Horace Bushnell, proposing the park, 1853.

Bushnell Carousel
The Bushnell Park Carousel was created in 1914 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein, owners of the Artistic Carousel Company of Brooklyn, New York,” says Ms. DeMars. “It is one of only three Stein & Harry carousels left in operation in the U.S. that still provides rides for the public.” The carousel features 36 jumper horses (going up and down), 12 standers (stationary horses), two chariots, and a Wurlitzer 153 band organ.

Bushnell Memorial Theater

166 Capitol Ave, Hartford 06106 (860) 724-0112
Live performance venue for Broadway theatre, music, dance, travel films, opera, children's theatre and special events. Hartford, Connecticut.
Colt Park
Wethersfield Avenue Hartford 06106
Is land walked on and loved by Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, the world famous gun maker and his wife.
Sam Colt died prematurely at 47. Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt was a quietly determined force of nature, a philanthropist, business owner, arts patron and social activist ahead of her time. She carried on her soul mate’s legacy in business, innovations and in the community - until her own death in 1905 (45 years after her husband). Elizabeth Colt gave the land that is now called Colt Park to Hartford. The original Colt estate encompassed 105 acres sloping down to the factory and river and the gardens were world-renowned, carefully planned, constantly groomed and improved. Features an area for baseball, football, soccer, tennis, playgrounds, spray and swimming pools
Connecticut Historical Society

1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 (860) 236-56211

Established in Hartford in 1825, The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished museum and library collections in New England.
Crown Palace Odyssey
330 New Park Avenue
Hartford, CT 06107 (860) 570-0842
Experience an odyssey of sights and sounds at this giant screen theatre that features a variety of large format films meant to entertain and educate viewers.
Connecticut Science Center
50 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 727-0457
Opening Spring 2009, the Connecticut Science Center is bringing the world of science to the center of Connecticut. Innovative, hands-on exhibits and programs will come alive inside our stunning new building overlooking the Connecticut River in Hartford.
Elizabeth Park
915 Prospect, Hartford, Ct (
860) 231-9443
Was once owned by Charles M. Pond. Mr. Pond was a wealthy industrialist and statesman. When Mr. Pond passed away, he willed his estate to the City of Hartford with the stipulations that it be used as a horticultural park and that it be named for his wife, Elizabeth, who had died a few years earlier.
The park encompasses 102 acres and boasts many garden areas, pathways, greenhouses, lawns, a picnic grove, a pond and recreation areas. More than 900 varieties and 14,000 rose bushes are displayed during the summer months. Outdoor concerts during warm weather. Ice skating on the pond in the winter. Call for skating hours: 860-722-6514. The facilities include an area for baseball, basketball, picnic areas, playgrounds, pond house, gardens, green house, pond and food is available for purchase.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT 06105 (860) 522-9258 http://www.stowecenter.org/
Mission is to preserve and interpret Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, create a forum for vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspire individuals to embrace and emulate her commitment to social justice by effecting positive change.
Hartford Childrens Theatre
360 Farmington Av Hartford, CT 06105
Mission is to enrich the lives of the children of Greater Hartford by providing access and exposure to high quality theatre for young audiences and related educational opportunities.
Hartford Stage
99 Pratt Street,
Hartford Ct (860) 527-5151
I s an award-winning non-profit professional theatre. We produce six major theatrical productions and one to two summer productions annually. Our shows range from the classics…like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Tartuffe…to provocative new works…like Necessary Targets, I Ain’t Your Uncle, and Spunk.

Noah Webster House
227 S Main Street
West Hartford, CT (860) 521-5362
Webster’s birthplace helps to tell the story of one man’s vision and his impact on American culture through the promotion of education, laws, human rights, and language, Noah Webster helped to create a national identity for a fledgling nation. Though he accomplished much more during his life, Webster is best remembered for authoring two of America’s most influential books, the Blue Back Speller and the American Dictionary.
Museum of Connecticut
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
A collection of many firearms, changing exhibits, and portraits of the governor. The main focus of the exhibits are Connecticut's government, military, and industrial history.http://www.cslib.org/museum.htm
Old State House
800 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103
A 1796 National Historic Landmark and one of the nation’s oldest state houses. Visit the dynamic, 6,800 square foot multi-media exhibit, “History is All Around Us,” which tells the story of Hartford and the importance of history in our lives and experience Believed to have been designed by noted American architect Charles Bulfinch as his first public building. The State House is currently under the direction of The Old State House Association, Inc., and until very recently, was managed by the Connecticut Historical Society. The exterior building and the Senate have been restored to its original Federal style; the Representative's chamber is Victorian, and the halls and courtroom are Colonial Revival. http://vvv.state.ct.us/emblems/sthouse.HTM
Polo Club
678 Maple Avenue Hartford, CT
Home of Connecticut's premier alternative nightclub and cabaret lounge. Located in Hartford's South End on location of the old historic Hearthstone Restaurant building, Hartford Polo Club blends old world ambiance with new age decor, lighting and sound systems to create a unique and fantastical atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. We cater to a mixed crowd at Hartford Polo Club and pride ourselves on our diverse clientele.

Pump House Gallery
60 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Tudor designed English cottage that is actually a working pump house and an art gallery. It's the only public gallery in a municipal park in Connecticut.
Skate Heaven
The concrete park over Interstate 84 adjacent to the Hilton Hotel in downtown Hartford is renowned for its skatable terrain. Roughly the size of a football field, it's a favorite of what used to be called the Thrasher set. We're not suggesting that you actually ollie and grind yourself if you're not inclined to risk broken bones for air. Sit back and pretend you're playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Travelers Tower
Built in 1919, the downtown Hartford building was once the tallest structure in New England, at 34 stories and 527 feet high. While it's no longer the tallest, it remains a landmark, accessible both to visitors interested in climbing to its top to enjoy the sweeping vistas of the city, but also for some fine feathered friends. While they didn't appear this year, the tower has been a nesting site for peregrine falcons, an endangered bird species. But even in the absence of the falcons, just enjoying the sites and possible vertigo make it a must-see. hartford.omaxfield.com/travelers.html .
Trinity College Cinestudio
premier destination for film-lovers in the area. Originally a school lecture hall, the space was converted in a glorious '30s-style movie palace, complete with a balcony, in 1970. The fare varies from independent and foreign films to second-run major studio pictures. But no matter what's on the screen, show up early to secure the back row center seats, and prepare to be hypnotized by the curtains. cinestudio.org.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Considered to be one of the dozen greatest art museums in the United States, this world-renowned museum's collections include Hudson River School landscapes, Old Master paintin...http://www.wadsworthatheneum.org//

Webster Theater

31 Webster Street
Hartford, CT 06114 (860) 246.8001
Was built more than 70 years ago as a motion picture theater. In 1992, the theater had been restored to it's former art deco style with the addition of five bars.The Webster provides the perfect location for an intimate concert with your favorite band. Whether it's a crowd of 400 or a crowd of 1250, it's always a comfortable and relaxed setting.


Animal Shelters:

Cornerstone Emergency Overnight
Lodging The Lodge

1 Prospect Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 875-6343

State of Connecticut Regulation
& Inspection

765 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 713-2500

Town of West Hartford Animal Control & Licensing

Hartford, CT 06101
(860) 424-3011

Wildlife Control Services LLC

Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 827-1330