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The Connecticut State Hero, Nathan Hale, lived on this property until his execution in 1776. The home on the grounds was built in that same year and is the second structure to be built there. Schoolchildren from around the state enjoy field trips to this beautiful property, honoring the man who proclaimed, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Events are held on the property throughout the year and the home is open for tours from June through the month of October. Check the website for varying dates.
One of the state's best places to get an apple pie or pick-your-own fruit, Lyman Orchards offers fresh, local produce at great prices. There are a slew of annual events at the Orchards, starting with the Apple Hunt at Easter, where the Easter Bunny puts aside his candy for some healthy apples. During the summer months, there is the Sunflower Maze, and then if visiting in September and October, stop by the Corn Maze, which is spread across four acres of property. If golf is your game, there are two courses on the premises. You will never run out of things to do at Lyman Orchards!
Stop by the Railroad Museum of New England to see historic Thomaston Station, the Naugatuck River, Mattatuck Forest and the Brass Mills in Waterville. The train ride experience is fun for the whole family and great at any time of year. But honestly, nothing could be better than riding the rails of Litchfield County in the fall during foliage season!
The University of Connecticut was founded in 1881, originally as an agricultural college. Today, its location about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Hartford and the school prides itself in its their high academic standards as well as its basketball teams.. The university's architecture is reminiscent of early 20th Century colleges, with gorgeous Gothic buildings alongside the modern facilities. UConn is one of New England's top-ranked public universities and is worth the trip to the serene countryside for a basketball game, to see a show at the Jorgensen Center, or some sightseeing in fall when the leaves change.