Just south of Hartford, Wethersfield captures the essence of a colonial town with a wide green lined by centuries-old houses. Three of the houses that date to the 1700s are part of a museum, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. The Webb House was used for a strategic meeting between George Washington and French army commander Le Comte de Rochambeau in 1781. Other historic homes are open for tours as well. The Wethersfield Museum at Keeney Memorial has developed an exhibit, "Legendary People, Ordinary Lives," that details the history of the town and its significance.

In Rocky Hill, farther south along the Connecticut River, you'll take a quantum step back in prehistory at Dinosaur State Park. In the course of building Interstate 91, hundreds of dinosaur prints and tracks were discovered. Visitors to the park can make their own casting of a dinosaur track if they take along 10 lb/4.5 kg of plaster of Paris, 2 oz/1/16 ml of cooking oil, rags and buckets. Open May-October.

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