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In the1800s, Hartford was an international cultural, industrial, art and philanthropic center. Many important people lived, worked and played there, establishing it as a truly great and prospering city.

People in the community wanted to see more changes. This era in history marked the beginning of many charitable organizations whose purpose was to help people make a better life for themselves and others in need. The time, dedication and support of some of Hartford's most notable citizens helped establish what is now known as the American School for the Deaf

Hartford in the 1800s

Come and explore the city of Hartford as it was back in the mid 1800's. You'll read from the journals of the deaf students living there at that time. All excerpts are based on student compositions published in the ASD Annual Reports from 1819 to 1870.

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1. Dutch Fort

Did you know that back in the mid 1800's, Hartford was one of the largest cities in Connecticut, and also in the United States? Today, Hartford is the second largest city in Connecticut.

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Historical Hartford

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2. Rivers

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Rivers have always been important to the life of a city. They were vital for business and transportation.

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3. Main Street

How do you think Hartford looked in the mid 1800's?
Here is what a 14 year old girl from ASD explained.

Trinity College, 1849 Journal

 

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4. Business

 

Business

Just like now, back in the mid 1800's, Hartford was a very busy city. Looking south down Main Street in Hartford. The Old State House is on the left.

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5. Farms

 

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Did you know that people living in Hartford grew crops on their farms?

There were animals all over Hartford too! Here is proof that Hartford had domestic animals back in the mid 1800's.

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