Apr 30, 2013
04:32 PMThe Connecticut Story
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Connecticut's Newest National Historic Landmark
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Other key National Historic Landmarks in Connecticut:
(Dates of designation are in parentheses.)
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, Stonington (1996): Home to the pioneering 19th-century Antarctic explorer and seal hunter. Open Thurs.-Sun. 1-5, May through October; tickets include admission to the neighboring Old Lighthouse Museum. Learn more here.
Charles W. Morgan, Mystic (1966): Only surviving wooden ship from the 19th-century American whaling fleet. One of four NHLs at Mystic Seaport. On July 21, after nearly five years of restoration, the Morgan will be rechristened and lowered into the Mystic River; next spring, she'll embark on a sailing tour of historic New England ports. Learn more here; for Mystic Seaport hours, check here.
Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary, Fairfield (1993): Oldest private songbird sanctuary in the United States; established in 1914 by Mabel Osgood Wright. More than 120 bird species have been recorded on its grounds. It is also a federally-licensed bird-banding station. Open Tues.-Fri 9-1, year-round. Learn more here.
First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, Farmington (1975): A hub of the Underground Railroad, First Church housed the slaves of La Amistad revolt during their U.S. Supreme Court trial in 1841, and educated them in Christianity after their release. Learn more here.
Florence Griswold House, Old Lyme (1993): Miss Florence's boarding house, the hub of creativity for the American Impressionists of the Lyme Art Colony such as Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf, is just one part of the current museum experience, which includes the grounds overlooking the Lieutenant River and state-of-the-art Krieble Gallery. Open Tues.-Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 1-5; Café Flo Tues.-Sat. 11:30-3 and Sun. 1-4, June 1 through Oct. 27. Learn more here.
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven (2000): Established in 1797 as the first chartered burial ground in the United States. Inventor Eli Whitney, lexicographer Noah Webster, "Father of American football" Walter Camp and founding father Roger Sherman (the only person to have signed all four documents of American sovereignty, including the Declaration of Independence and Constitution) are just some of the noteworthies interred here. Guided tours offered Sat. at 11 and the first and third Sun. monthly at noon, May through Nov. Learn more here.