In Episode 1, we visit the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Old Newgate Prison, The Hill-Stead Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Stonington Borough.
The Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall opened January 13, 1930. It was built by Dotha Bushnell Hillyer as a “living memorial” to her father, the Reverend Dr. Horace Bushnell, esteemed Hartford minister, theologian, philosopher and civic leader. Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Corbett, Harrison and MacMurray, designers of New York’s Radio City Music Hall, The Bushnell vividly contrasts a traditional Georgian Revival exterior with a rich Art Deco interior. Located in East Granby and closed for restoration, we then visit the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine. Abandoned tunnels of one of New England’s first copper mines (1705) were used as a prison between 1773-1827.
Another stop is a National Historic Landmark and a official project for Save America’s Treasures, Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut, is a stop on the Connecticut Art Trail and a member of Connecticut’s Historic Gardens. Hill-Stead is noted for its 1901, 33,000-square-foot house filled with art and antiques. The New Britain Museum of American Art has over 11,000 works in its collection. From John Trumbull’s colonial portraiture, to today’s NEW/NOW Artists, the museum is a must-see in New Britain. Lastly, just ten minutes from the Mystic drawbridge lies Stonington Borough, called “the most beautiful seaside village in New England.”