Hartford was founded in 1635 and is among the oldest cities in the United States.
It is home to the nation's oldest public art museum (Wadsworth Atheneum), the oldest publicly funded park (Bushnell Park), the oldest continuously published newspaper (the Hartford Courant), and the second-oldest secondary school (Hartford Public High School).
For a city of 18 square miles, Hartford is jam-packed with things to do. From our historic parks and amazing restaurants to our unparalleled arts community, Hartford is a city with a lot to offer. Come and see why Connecticut’s Capital City is right for your vacation.
Samuel and Olivia "Livy" Clemens were married in 1870 and moved to Hartford in 1871.
The family first rented a house on Forest Street‚ in the Nook Farm neighborhood‚ from Livy’s friends‚ John and Isabella Beecher Hooker‚ and later purchased land on Farmington Avenue. In 1873 they engaged New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design their house, which is now a historical venue in Hartford.