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Planning a visit to Hartford? Find the information you need here.

Helpful Information

Parking

Hartford Parking Authority Facilities Map

Transportation

Connecticut Transit, 100 Leibert Road, Hartford, CT 06120. Information and schedules, 860-525-9181; for the hearing impaired, 860-727-8196.
The CT Transit website provides fare, bus route, and schedule information for public transportation in the Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford areas.

Connecticut Transit Schedules

Shuttle Route, Downtown PDF

The bus runs the loop every 12 minutes from 7AM to 11PM on weekdays and 3 to 11PM on Saturday, beginning 9/6/05.

Traffic Report: Connecticut Department of Transportation Office of Highway Operations

Parks

Elizabeth Park

Parks Map PDF

Bushnell Park

Civic Tours

Connecticut: The Constitution State 
Several locations in Hartford represent the concept of freedom so cherished in the American mind. We encourage you to visit these sites. For more information or to learn how to participate in other free civic related activities to help you improve your understanding of U.S. government and history call us at: (860)695-6334. 

State Capitol Tours 
http://www.cga.ct.gov/capitoltours/

The Connecticut State Capitol first opened for the General Assembly in January, 1879. Constructed of New England marble and granite and crowned by a gold leaf dome, the Capitol was built at a cost of $2,532,524.43 and has an estimated replacement value of more than $200,000,000.  In addition to housing the State Senate Chamber, Hall of the State House of Representatives and offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of the State, the statehouse and surrounding grounds abound with memories and mementos of Connecticut's early years.

Connecticut’s Old State House 
www.ctosh.org
Built in 1796, the Old State House is the oldest state house in the nation. The building opened in May 1796. Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration of Independence was the first Governor to serve here. Major state and national events have, and continue to occur at the Old State House. Lafayette was made a citizen here. The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the public year-round, free of charge. 

The Connecticut Freedom Trail 
www.ctfreedomtrail.ct.gov
In recognizing the importance to Connecticut of numerous sites in the state that are associated with the heritage and movement towards freedom of its African American citizens, the Connecticut General Assembly in 1995 authorized that these locations be developed into a Freedom Trail. Included on the trail are several locations in Hartford.   

Faith Congregational Church: 2030 North Main Street
One of earliest African-American churches founded in Connecticut.

Frank T. Simpson House: 27 Keney Terrace
The first employee of the first Connecticut state civil right agency.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Farmington Avenue and Forest Street
Known for her book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," she was an outspoken abolitionist during the decades leading up to the Civil War.

North Cemetery: 2053 North Main Street
Historic 19th century graveyard includes those of several African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.

Soldiers and Sailors' Monument: Bushnell Park
This monument honors the memory of all those from Connecticut who have given their lives in defense of the country.

Union Baptist Church: 1921 Main Street
An historic church and a focal point for the African-American community in Hartford over the decades.