Hartford, Connecticut was founded by Dutch traders in the early 1600’s
and established by the Reverend Thomas Hooker in 1636--- what started
as a fort called the “House of Hope” is now a land of
growth and opportunity for an enormously diverse population.
Hartford is the home of such internationally known treasures as the
Wadsworth Atheneum (the nation’s first public museum), as well
as attractions like the Mark Twain House, the Hartford Stage, the
Bushnell Memorial, and the Artists Collective. But ever since traders
used the Connecticut River to conduct business, Hartford become a
financial and insurance powerhouse. Companies such as Aetna, The Hartford
Insurance Group, Phoenix, and St. Paul-Travelers have their roots
here--- as does industrial giants like United Technologies.