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Mark Twain's House, Hartford, Connecticut
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  • HartfordPro 2014
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    Hartford's first European settlers were Dutch, and they arrived in 1633. Some years later, the English came in and named the settlement Hartford.

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  • HartfordPro 2014
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    Hartford is (or was) the second largest city in New England, mostly due to the concentration of insurance company headquarters. I've always found it a dull place.

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  • HartfordPro 2014
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    We stayed in the downtown area of this capital city. It is considered the insurance capital of the world and when you walk around and see the number of companies here you will see why.

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    I love to go to the restaurants and the theater there. Great shows, great food. I also like to take my kid to the science center. As far as ambiance goes though, not much for a city in the East.

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  • Hartford

    Not exactly a tourist destination, but it makes a nice mid-Atlantic to New England road trip stop. The city has its charm and a couple sights worth seeing too.

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  • HartfordAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Hartford overall was certainly not a place I would pick to live in again. After going to school here for four years, I got my taste of the local culture and situation, which left much to be desired. It's certainly low-income, which is something to be wary of. But Hartford does still have a significant amount of gems from the time when it was New England's Rising Star such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's house, Mark Twain's House and The Wadsworth.

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  • Hartford

    Hartford is a little lacking for things to do outside of the Mark Twain House and Hartford, it's true. It's a great bar town though, which is often overlooked. City Steam Brewery is part improv comedy, part four-foot tall pitchers of home-brewed beer. The Russian Lady is open again with its multiple floors of debauchery. Even tony West Hartford has chill hangout spots in Barcelona and the Half Door. Now if only someone would by the Whalers back from Carolina...

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    Visited hartford solely to see the Mark Twain House, and wasn't disappointed. A wonderful High Victorian confection, full of Mark Twain stories. Harriet Beecher Stowe's house is here too.

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  • Hartford

    Cold!

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  • Hartford

    ok openspaces

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  • Hartford

    nice place the part I was in

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  • Hartford

    It was okay. Very nice people there. Seems to have quiet public places in most parts.

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  • HartfordPro 2014
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Hartford might be a bit past its most glorious years, but the area is still home to many noteworthy historical attractions arising from the aging city's streets. This location was one of the most scenic and well planned cities in the North Eastern United States during its day, and was even touted by Mark Twain as "the best built and handsomest I have ever seen." One of the best places to see select examples of its former beauty is at the Wethersfield district. This area is the largest historic district in the state, and all the one hundred or so historic homes here are no mere reproductions. Touring this area is a real treat to experience, as its authentic appeal is very much appreciable from some of the noticeably too pristine recreations of life before the Civil War to be found elsewhere in New England. In addition to this beautifully maintained area, the nation's first public art museum is found here at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Another distinction this city has is to have been the home of the previously mentioned Mark Twain from 1874-1891, and his home, where he wrote such famous works like "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," is accessible to ... read more
the public. It's not the fanciest of places, but if you are looking to explore some good-old-fashioned American history, Hartford is worth checking out.

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