Hartford, Connecticut

The Connecticut State Capitol was designed by Richard Upjohn, a cathedral architect, in High Victorian Gothic style. It was completed in 1878 with an exterior of marble from East Canaan, Connecticut. It has a gold leaf dome.

The House of Representatives has carved walnut paneling and ornate stenciling. There are 151 representatives.

The 36 Senators sit in a circle, while the Lieutenant Governor presides from the Charter Oak Chair. This chair was carved from the fallen oak tree which hid the self-governing charter given to the colony by King Charles II in 1662.

The finishes in the building were beautiful. There were many representations of the compass rose (which we are studying in geography right now.) It signifies that people of Connecticut come from many different places. There motto translates to “He who transplants still sustains.”

The marble and brass fountain under the staircase looks like it belongs in a cathedral, but it was used to fill buckets with water for the legislators horses in the late 1800’s.

Marcus was very interested in the Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon designed by Connecticut engineer Benjamin Hotchkiss. Unable to sell his design to the US Government, he opened a plant in Paris France and sold the gun to the Spanish. It was used against the United States during the Spanish-American War and was captured by the United States.

This week in history we were studying Nathan Hale and can you believe it he is Connecticut’s State Hero! He became a spy for General George Washington in the Revolutionary War. He was captured and hung by the British. This brave and eloquent twenty-one year old’s last words were, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

On our way back to our campground in East Haddam, we stopped at the one room school house where Nathan Hale began teaching after attending Yale University. It is so exciting to be able to be immersed in history!

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