What are you doing November 11-12? Coming to the BELONG Tour, we hope! As long as you’re in Connecticut’s capital city, here are a few places you might want to check out.

One Stop, Two Famous Authors

Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of America’s most important novels. Her home, now the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, is literally next door to The Mark Twain House where Mark Twain lived and wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and more. Park once to enjoy both historic homes and a rather fabulous museum.

 

A Rose by Any Other Name…

This beautiful rose garden once inspired BELONG speaker Patsy Clairmont so much she wrote about it in one of her books. Elizabeth Park Conservancy has 15,000 rose bushes and  indescribable beauty to take in; maybe it will inspire you, too!

 

Free History

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest free public museum in the United States. You’ll find collections of Greek and Roman bronzes, Meissen porcelain, early American furniture, decorative arts, and paintings.

 

Down by the Riverside

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is a popular park in downtown Hartford. The plaza stairs are great for exercise or watching boats on the river. From the Plaza, you can take one of the many walking trails along the river, hop on a boat tour of the city, or walk across Founders Bridge to East Hartford.

 

Tower View

See the sights from the observation deck of Traveler’s Tower, a 1919 neo-classical pink granite building in downtown Hartford that offers a panoramic view of the city, the Connecticut River, and the surrounding countryside.