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Stop #1: Bissell Ferry, Windsor to South Windsor

John Bissell established the Bissell Ferry in 1641 to transfer cows from Windsor to the eastern bank of the Connecticut River. In 1658, Bissell built a house on the South Windsor side of the crossing where it still stands today. The ferry continued operation until 1917.

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Stop #2: Thomas Hooker

Frances Laughlin Wadsworth

Frances Laughlin Wadsworth’s Thomas Hooker is an imaginary interpretation of the Puritan leader who led his congregations from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to found Hartford. The statue stands outside the Old State House in downtown Hartford.

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Stop #3: General Israel Putnam

John Quincy Adams Ward

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Stop #4: Colonel Thomas Knowlton

Enoch Smith Woods

Colonel Thomas Knowlton was killed at the battle of Harlem Heights in 1776 and was considered a hero of the American Revolution. The statue was created to be a companion piece to the monuments to Nathan Hale, another Connecticut martyr of the Revolution. Enoch Woods’s sculpture of Knowlton was commissioned by the General Assembly of Connecticut in 1893.

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Stop #5: Silas Deane House

Silas Deane was a member of the Continental Congress and a diplomat to France during the American Revolution. His residence in Wethersfield is a National Historic Landmark and a part of the Wethersfield Historic District.

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Stop #6: Stanley-Whitman House

The Stanley-Whitman House was bought from Deacon John Stanley by Ebenezer Steel and was passed onto Steel's daughter Mary when he died. Mary and her husband sold the house to Reverend Samuel Whitman. The house is one of the earliest examples of classic New England architecture. The Stanley-Whitman House was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

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Stop #7: Farmington Congregational Church

The wooden Greek Revival church at 75 Main Street in Farmington was built in 1771 and is one of the purest expressions of classical revival style in Connecticut. The Congregational First Church of Christ was founded in 1652.

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See the stories of the founding of Hartford in 1635 and the hiding of Connecticut’s Royal Charter in an oak tree in 1662 as interpreted in sculpture.

The Stops

Starting at stop #1, this Walking tour is 1.3 miles long.

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