national historic landmark, sarah whitman hooker homestead, west hartford, ct

Tourist in My Own State: The Sarah Whitman Hooker House

Deb Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Tourist In My Own State 6 Comments

As a West Hartford resident of over twenty years, I have another opportunity to expose my lack of knowledge about this town I call home. If you are equally unfamiliar, allow me to introduce the Sarah Whitman Hooker House, one of only a few examples of 18th century architecture in West Hartford. West Hartford is home to two historic house …

national historic landmark, hartford, connecticut, harriet beecher stowe house,

Tourist in My Own State: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Tourist In My Own State 12 Comments

Let me begin by saying I apologize. I apologize to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, a recently designated National Historic Landmark, for the fact that I did not visit their wonderful museum and cultural resource during the first 46 years of my life, all of which I have lived in Connecticut and most of which I have lived less than fifteen minutes …

hill-stead museum, farmington, connecticut, national historic landmark

Five Ways To Enjoy the Hill-Stead Museum This Fall

Deb Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Tourist In My Own State 6 Comments

First time visitors to the National Historic Landmark Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT are in for a delightful treat. You realize you are headed someplace special as soon as you turn down the long and winding driveway on to the 152-acre property. Stone walls and rows of trees border the drive, and as you come around the bend at the end the Hill-Stead estate comes …

national historic landmark, noah webster house, west hartford, historical society, museum, connecticut

Tourist In My Own State: The Noah Webster House and the Forgotten Founding Father

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Public Doors, Tourist In My Own State, Travel 6 Comments

Tourist in my own state? How about in my own TOWN? When my children were young I had the pleasure (cough, cough) of accompanying them and their classmates on school field trips to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. Unfortunately, during those visits my time was primarily spent counting heads to ensure no one had wandered away, so it …

CT Historical Society Museum and Library

Tourist in My Own State: CT Historical Society Museum

Deb Historic Doors, Tourist In My Own State 4 Comments

I have driven past the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library countless times over the years. The museum advertises current exhibitions with huge banners hanging on the exterior walls and often I would see something that piqued my interest but like many things I just never made the time to check it out. Growing up I never considered myself a “museum person”, but what …