Monthly Archives: February 2015

Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail, both actual and virtual

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Prudence Crandall, Gov. Ella T. Grasso, Gladys Tantaquidgeon, Dorothy Hamill

When it comes to honoring prominent women in Connecticut’s past, there are at least 14 places to visit throughout the state to learn about their contributions in a variety of fields.

Some of the stops honor women who are well known to history, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Prudence Crandall among them. Others may not be as well known, but all have important stories to tell.

There are two ways to learn about the historic accomplishments of Connecticut women. First, you can Click here to look at the actual trail.  The other way is to look at the virtual trail by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

History museums and historic sites dot the Connecticut landscape, here are ten the state  office of tourism says are worth a visit

 

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L to R: Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill–Mashantucket Pequot Museum

 

The Connecticut Office of Tourism has developed a Top 10 Guide to get you started on your tour of historic Connecticut.

They represent a small portion of the many and varied locations where visitors can get a glimpse of the past, but the list is a good starting point as you think about getting outdoors once the snow melts AND IT WILL. In the meantime, start making plans by visiting Here

 

 

 

Few Reminders of Benedict Arnold in His Hometown of Norwich

There’s a new book to remind us of Benedict Arnold and the devastating raid he led on New London and across the river at Fort Griswold.  (Home Grown terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London, by Eric D. Lehman).

The state maintains an impressive park and museum at Fort Griswold in Groton that focuses on the battle, but 20 miles away in Norwich, where he was born, there are few reminders. Basically, there is a historic marker noting his birth site and a dead-end street bearing his name. There is no parking available there, but the marker outlines the early family history, from his birth in 1741 as the youngest of six children born to Hannah Waterman King and Benedict Arnold III.

If you wish to get a feel for a period house with an Arnold connection, visit the Leffingwell House Museum at 348 Washington Street, a short distance away, where a guide will tell you both Arnold and George Washington were entertained, probably at different times.

 

Benedict Arnold homesite