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""Yankee Ingenuity": State of Connecticut" Top 5 Page for this destination United States of America Things to Do Tip by deecat

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  Gothis Buildings at Yale University in New Haven
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The name Connecticut comes from an Indian word that means "place beside a long river."
The Typical Connecticut village exemplifies simplicity and order which originated with the Pilgrims. The towns were built according to uniform plans with a centrally located church. There's a rural feel in most of the state. You'll see stone fences and dense forests. In the fall, many tourists journey to Connecticut to see the changing colors of the leaves on the maple and oak trees. The locals call these tourist "leaf peepers"!
Another natural asset in the state is the splendid network of riverways that provide cheap water power thus contributing to several manufacturing cities (Waterbury, Norwich, Hartford, and Bridgeport).
Eli Whitney from Hartford, Connecticut, invented the cotton gin. American steel manufacturing began in Connecticut. Clocks, jet engines, revolvers, bicycles, postage meters, sewing machines, and nuclear submarines were invented here! That's why Connecticut has a reputation for "Yankee Ingenuity"!

What to See and Do in Connecticut

Kent Falls State Park
Beautiful scenery, especially the spectacular waterfalls.

Litchfield: What a charming village. It seems almost untouched by the 20th century.

Mark Twain House (Hartford) Twain built this red brick home himself!

Mystic Seaport: Old-time sailing ships and a restored 19th-century whaling village.

USS Nautilus Memorial in Groton
Decommissioned nuclear sumarine, the world's first nuclear-powered vessel.

Whitfield House in Guildford is Rev. Henry Whitfield's home, the OLDEST stone house in all of New England.

Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill where you'll find the best-preserved dinosaur tracks anywhere plus nature trails.

Yale University in New Haven is one of the top-quality schools in the nation.

Although small in size, Connecticut is large in culture, education, manufacturing, and tourism.

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  • Written Feb 19, 2005
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