- Trace the fascinating story of the African captives who took over the Amistad on the high seas in their quest for freedom. Start at the New Haven Colony Historical Society, I-91 Exit 3. Then head downtown to the New Haven Green, Center Church and the Amistad Memorial at City Hall. When in port, board an exact replica of the Amistad at Long Wharf, New Haven, its home port.
- Travel to Hartford to the 1796 Old State House, I-91 Exit 31 the actual site of the first Amistad trial. Don’t miss the Amistad Gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum just a few blocks down Main Street. Be sure to stay for lunch. Then visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin) on Farmington Avenue and the Mark Twain House next door.
- Take a walk in nearby Farmington, I-84 Exit 39 and see the places marked as historically significant from the days of the Underground Railroad.
DRIVING TIP: Total mileage from point 1 to 3 is 46 miles.
New Haven Colony Historical Society
Exhibits on New Haven’s cultural and industrial growth (1638 to the present), special exhibitions. Gift shop, research library, photo archives (by appt. only).
Fourteen-foot, 3-dimensional bronze statue portraying Senghe Pieh (Joseph Cinque), leader of the Amistad Revolt. Situated on the exact site of the jail where the captives were held.
Amistad Freedom Schooner
Freedom schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship and tall ship ambassador, visits ports nationally and internationally, an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to the millions of souls that were broken or lost as
Old State House
Oldest State House in the nation. Restored 1796 National Historic Landmark, tour the magnificent 1820 Senator Chamber, Victorian-era City Council Room, and the Colonial Revival-style Supreme Courtroom. Large interactive exhibit telling the story of Hartford and the Old State House opens in 2005.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
1871 Victorian cottage, home of the author of the anti-slavery classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Grounds include gardens, 1884 Queen Anne-style Katharine Seymour Day house, Visitor Center. Guided tours of the Stowe House includes a visit to the Day House and admission to changing exhibitions. Children’s costume tours and seasonal garden tours. Museum shop, research library.
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.