The Butler-McCook House is a sunny, yellow gem that stands proud in the middle of downtown Hartford, beckoning curious passersby to explore this Colonial structure, nestled among the modern-day buildings of Main Street.
Four generations of an extraordinary family lived here and watched the city transform from the
"We all kind of need to know where we are and where we're from. And we need to make it fun because history really is about stories," says Sheryl Hack, executive director of Connecticut Landmarks, which is launching a season focused on children on Saturday, April 20, with a 3-hour walking tour starting at 9 a.m. from the gardens at the Butler-McCook House through the Coltsville section of the city, guided by historian Dave Carrier dressed as infamous industrialist Sam Colt.
"You may hate him, you may like him, but you will definitely have a strong opinion of who this guy really was," says Carrier, as he details the growth
A new membership program invites families to "travel through four centuries of Connecticut history" by visiting many of our state's fascinating properties, such as the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry and the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in
An expressive work of art at the Butler-McCook House, created by American sculptor John Rogers in the late 1800s, provides a particularly poignant moment for many kids. The tabletop statue, called "The Wounded Scout," shows a freed slave helping an injured soldier from the South walk to safety, a symbol of the human spirit. This profound image inspires yet another lesson from the past that could affect a child for a lifetime.