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Walking/Bus Tours

Walking Tours

Discovering Hartford's Main Street

Learn how Hartford has evolved over the last three centuries by viewing some of Main Street's most well known and important buildings including: City Hall, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Travelers Tower, the Old State House, Center Church and the Ancient Burying Ground. Since English settlers first laid out Hartford in the seventeenth century, Main Street has been lined with homes, churches, businesses and public institutions. This tour highlights the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century-buildings the Butlers and the McCooks saw constructed and frequented over their lifetimes.

Discovering Hartford's Urban Parks & Outdoor Sculpture

Learn about some of the most significant statues and sculpture on Main Street and in Bushnell Park through this tour. This tour allows participants to more closely examine the outdoor world that they rush by every day in their busy lives. Stops include: the Stone Fields, the Corning Fountain, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and the Nathan Hale statue outside the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Rediscovering the Southside of Main Street

Explore the area south of the now hidden Little River through this tour. This tour focuses on the Southside neighborhood's rise to prominence in the mid-19th century and the people who made it their home. Stops include: St. Peter's Church, Armsmear and the Charter Oak Cultural Center.

Exploring Coltsville

Discover the treasures of Hartford's industrial past with this tour. Learn about the village that developed around one of the world's most important arms factories. During the tour participants will view the onion-domed Colt Armory, Armsmear, the Colt Memorial Statue in Colt Park and the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Beyond Main Street

Hidden just a few steps past Hartford's Main Street are architectural gems that are largely unknown to the public. Travel Beyond Main Street to view the architectural survivors from the 18th and 19th centuries and discover how they impacted modern building projects. Stops include the Hartford Times Building, Central Row and the University Club.

Exploring a Capitol City

Examine Hartford's rise to prominence as the state capitol in this tour. Learn how Hartford became the nation's insurance capitol and the state's social and cultural leader. Stops include: the State Capitol, the First Presbyterian Church, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall.

Bus Tour

Hartford Dreamers and Doers: Legacies of a Victorian City

Discover the colorful personalities that made up the Nook Farm neighborhood. From Civil War hero and political giant Joseph Hawley to literary giants Charles Dudley Warner, Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Nook Farm was a neighborhood of legendary personalities and achievements. Guests will tour the Connecticut State Capitol and explore its art, architecture, sculpture and history. Stops will also include the Coltsville area, including Colt's armory, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and the Colt Memorial House.

Booking Information

To book an adult group tour at the Butler-McCook House & Garden, or to receive more information please contact the Site Administrator at 860-522-1806 or butler.mccook@ctlandmarks.org. House and walking tours cost $7.00 per person, $5.00 per person for groups of 10 or more. Bus tours are priced at $200 per group, for groups up to 25 participants, or $8 per person for groups of 26-40 (exclusive of bus and driver).

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