Woven into the fabric of this state’s historic landscape, we find revolutionaries, innovators, and philosophers. On August 10th, National Connecticut Day recognizes the contributions of the fifth state to join the United States of America.
Like other colonies of the region, the Dutch first explored and founded trading posts in Connecticut. In 1633, Puritans from Massachusetts established the first permanent settlement. From the outset, the industry established a means to prosperity in the colony. Production of brass buttons and munitions placed the colony in a position to later supply the Revolutionary Army. The colonial governor of Connecticut, Jonathan Trumbull, was the only governor who supported independence.
All three Connecticut delegates to the first Continental Congress continued their representation of the colony at the Second Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence.
In fact, Roger Sherman is the only person to have signed the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. Eliphalet Dyer served the state of Connecticut as chief justice after the revolution.
Silas Deane served as a spy during the war and was for a time branded a traitor along with another Connecticut native, Benedict Arnold. He died penniless, but decades later in 1840, his granddaughter would petition Congress to review his records. His name would be cleared.
Connecticut’s small but full landscape holds countless revolutionary stories and adventures along New England’s National Scenic Trail. Through every season and every era, there’s something for every generation to enjoy!
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Delectable Flovors of Connecticut
- Apple Cider
- Chowders, My Clam Chowder
- Apple Pie
- Kettle Cooked Chips
- Lobster Roll
- Steamed Cheese Burgers
- New Haven Style Clam Pie
- Homemade Ice Cream
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven
Grave of XYZ – Deep River
Mystic Seaport – Mystic
Hogpen Hill – Woodbury
Louis’ Lunch – New Haven
Official State of Connecticut
- State Capital – Hartford
- State Flower – Mountain Laurel
- State Nick Name – Constitution State
- State Song – Yankee Doodle
- State Tree –
- State Mineral – Almondine
- State Motto –
- State Fish – American Shad
- State Hero – Nathan Hale
- State Heroine – Prudence Crandoll
- State Bird – American Robin
- State Insect – Praying Mantis
- State Folk Dance – Square Dance
- State Animal –
Noah Webster – Educator – (October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843)
Nathan Hale – Patriot – (June 6, 1755 – September 22, 1776)
Charles Goodyear – Chemist – (December 29, 1800 – July 1, 1860)
PT Barnum – Entertainer – (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891)
Harriet Beecher Stowe – Author – (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896)
Samuel Colt – Manufacturer – (July 19, 1814 – January 10, 1862)
Frederick Law Olmsted – (April 26, 1822 – August 28, 1903)
William Gillette – Actor and playwright – (July 24, 1853 – April 29, 1937)
Edith Roosevelt – (August 6, 1861 – September 30, 1948)
Katharine Hepburn – Actress – (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003)
George W. Bush – President – (July 6, 1946 – )
Annie Leibovitz – Photographer – (October 2, 1949 -)
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