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Government Sites and Buildings in Connecticut

The seat of state government sits in Hartford, Connecticut, the state capital with a long history dating back to 1636.

In the heart of Downtown Hartford sits the Old State House. The state government has since moved into a new location in a much grander building, but the Old State House still holds a piece of old New England history. Built in 1796, the architecture is a unique blend of Federal, Victorian, and Colonial Revival styles. As a National Historic Landmark, history buffs will love taking a tour of the building. Visit the original legislative rooms or head upstairs to one of the most fascinating attractions in Connecticut.

Located in a small room on the top floor, the Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities will dazzle your mind and boggle your senses. Your eyes won’t believe the collection of bizarre items from a giant lobster claw to exotic stuffed birds.

Old State House

Finished in 1796, the Old State House is set in central Connecticut – and located in the capital city of Hartford.

Consisting of Federal style, Victorian, and Colonial Revival architecture, the Old State House is a three-story, National Historic Landmark found on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Old State House is also home to the Joseph Steward Museum of Curiosities – showcasing Connecticut specific exhibits, and offering tours of the original legislative rooms.

The Old State House is also the site of the Old State House Farmers’ Market.