My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Though it seems to be a secret, the city of Hartford, Connecticut has a rich architectural history. Most visitors content themselves with visiting the famous Mark Twain House while just passing through. In fairness, until recently there hasn’t been much information published about Hartford’s other treasures, but now local historian Daniel Sterner has addressed that problem with A Guide to Historic Hartford. In this well written, liberally illustrated volume, the city is divided into twelve walking tours. I’ve lived in this region all my life, but until perusing this guide, never knew – or even wondered – how Governor Street got its name. From the oldest extant residence, The Butler McCook House, to the first permanent triumphal arch in America, to the castle-like edifice of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Sterner has compiled an interesting compendium of some of the most unjustly overlooked locations in this three hundred year old city. Pick up a copy, leave it in your car, and the next time you’re on one of its streets, check it out. A valuable resource to be sure.