- Travel back to the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries. Start out at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Mashantucket, I-95 Exit 92. It brings to life the Native American and natural history of New England.
- Enter the 17th Century by dining at Randall’s Ordinary, Rte. 2 in North Stonington, a colonial wayside inn and tap room that feature authentic 17th Century hearth cooking. Spend the night there.
- Next day, move into the 18th Century with a walk through the historic fishing village of Stonington, home to the last of Connecticut’s fishing fleets. Be sure to visit the Old Lighthouse Museum while there.
- Then enter the 19th Century by taking U.S.1 A to Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea.
- Next day head for Hartford and the Victorian Age, best typified by the Mark Twain House, I-84 Exit 46, a glorious example of Victorian living with interiors by Louis Tiffany. Bring your time travels to a close with dinner in Victorian style at Hartford’s Pierpont’s Restaurant in the Goodwin Hotel.
DRIVING TIPS: The total driving distance between (1) and (2) is 18 miles.
Colonial wayside inn, features authentic 17th-century hearth cooking. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. 16 rooms (one silo suite with Jacuzzi), private bath with whirlpool, rest, tap room.
Old Lighthouse Museum
First government-operated lighthouse in Connecticut (1823), moved in 1840 to present location. Six rooms of changing and permanent exhibits including paintings and artifacts representing activities of a maritime town, Oriental trade, Battle of Stonington, children’s room, tower climb.
Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village, discover stars in the planetarium, see a working preservation shipyard in action, explore exhilarating exhibits, marvel at gardens, daily demonstrations of maritime trades.
The Mark Twain House & Museum
Elaborate Victorian (1874) mansion with rare interiors by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1881) was the author’s home for 17 years (1874-1891). 19 splendidly furnished rooms including many of Twain’s possessions. National Historic Landmark. The Museum Center features a store with fine gifts, cafT, Ken Burns’ documentary, orientation and changing exhibition galleries, lectures and special programs.