Apr 30, 2013
04:32 PMThe Connecticut Story
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Connecticut's Newest National Historic Landmark
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Noah Webster Birthplace, West Hartford (1962): Childhood home of the man who created the first American dictionary and Blue-Backed Speller; one of the first Connecticut locations (along with the Mark Twain House and Joseph Webb House in Hartford) to earn NHL designation. Privately occupied until 1962, it became a museum in 1966. Hours Thurs.-Mon. 1-4, year-round. Learn more here.
Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan (1997): Designed and built by the renowned architect in 1949 as a weekend retreat; modeled after Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's famed Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill. Tours Thurs.-Mon., May 2 through Nov. Learn more here.
Prudence Crandall House, Canterbury (1991): Home to abolitionist and educator Prudence Crandall, Connecticut's official state heroine, who ran her School for "Little Misses of Color" here from 1832-34, when it was closed by mob violence. Open Wed.-Sun. 10-4, May 1 through Nov. 3. Learn more here.
Tapping Reeve House & Law School, Litchfield (1965): Established in 1784, Reeve's law school was the second in the United States after William & Mary School of Law in Virginia. In its 50 years of operation, it graduated roughly 1,100 students, including two future U.S. vice presidents, three Supreme court justices, 101 members of the House of Representatives and 28 members of the Senate. Open Tues.-Sat 11-5 and Sun. 1-5 through Nov., fee includes admission to the neighboring Litchfield History Museum. Learn more here.
Yale Bowl, New Haven (1987): Home to the Yale Bulldogs football team. Completed in 1914; served as model for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Upon completion, it officially accommodated just over 70,000 spectators (after renovations in 1996 that number dropped to 61,000), yet the largest crowd ever admitted was 80,000 for the Yale-Army game in 1923. Learn more here.
For a comprehensive list of Connecticut's historic landmarks, see here.