Yesterday, we took a guided tour of the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut (the state capitol)! This building and the land it is on is a hallowed space of where much American, State and City history has taken place! For example, preliminary hearings on different aspects of the Amistad trials were begun in this building before the case traveled to New Haven, CT.
|The front of the Old State House|
|Lego model of Old State House in Lobby of the Museum entrance|
|Click on the photo to read about George Washington's Revolutionary War Plans he made here!|
Below is a view of the Senate chambers, where the first Connecticut State Senate would meet. Seventy-five percent of the furniture in this room is authentic and goes back to the 1700s ! Citizens were not allowed to sit and watch in the beginning, but later were allowed in such as in our modern day. The portrait of George Washington on the wall is an original done in his memory after he passed away.
To the right is a bigger view of the courtroom where the judge's bench is seen in the distance. Most of the furnishings, light fixtures, paint and architectural detail are original.
Below are two pictures of the statue of Justice that used to be on top of the building. There are some interesting stories they will tell you about the statue during the tour they give. The statue was made of a type of pine wood, originally painted white and much later given a gilded look paint.
|Statue of Justice|
|Statue of Justice that used to be on top of building|
Mark Twain lived Hartford, CT for many years where he raised his family in Victorian mansion he had built. It is still standing today and is run as a museum. It is very well known. Below is his own first bicycle, which is something I certainly wouldn't want to be the one I learned on or actually ever want to ride! He always was falling off of it himself and didn't really have much luck with it.
|This sign explains about Mark Twain's bicycle on display|
|Mark Twain's bicycle|
Enjoy the time you spend there. If you have been there or have questions or comments, please feel free to comment in the comments section!
Here is the official link for the most up-to-date information: http://www.ctosh.org/
Hope you enjoyed this visit! Thanks for joining me!
Have a wonderful day!