The first black diplomat in U.S. history was from Derby, Connecticut. Born in 1833, abolitionist Ebenezer Bassett was the son of Black Governor Eben Tobias. He was the first black man to graduate from Connecticut Normal School - now known as Central Connecticut State University. The civil war had just ended when President Ulysses Grant asked him to be the first U.S. minister to the new republic of Haiti, marking the beginning of a long diplomatic career.
The author of Uncle’s Tom Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, lived in Hartford CT. Her home, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2013.
Connecticut offers rural and coastal attractions just miles from Boston, New York, Providence, and Hartford.
Those looking for a unique sports experience can head to Storrs to watch the UConn Women’s Basketball team, a veritable powerhouse boasting four straight NCAA titles and 111 straight wins before 2017.
Public transportation is available by train, bus, and ferry around Connecticut and to nearby destinations, including New York City and Boston. A car is necessary for most Connecticut residents. Learn more.