Interesting Facts About Connecticut:
1. On August 22, 1902, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to ride in an automobile while in office. He stopped in Hartford’s Pope Park and spoke to a gathering of about 10,000 workers. Interestingly, Mr. Roosevelt was also the first president to own a car and have a telephone in his home.
2. The Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine (1773) in East Granby, Connecticut is the oldest surviving state prison in the nation. However, in 1827, the prison was abandoned. During its more than 50 years as a penitentiary, well over 800 prisoners had served time there, including four women.
3. In 1901, the first law regulating the speed of a motor vehicle was imposed in Connecticut. Initially, the law restricted the drivers not to exceed 12 mph.
4. First started in 1764, Connecticut’s Hartford Courant is the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper. George Washington once placed ads in the paper to lease part of Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson once sued the paper for libel and lost.
5. Mary Dixon Kies, the first woman to be issued a U.S. patent, was born in Killingly, Connecticut. Her patent involved a method she invented for weaving straw with silk for hat-making.
6. Noah Webster, the author of the first American dictionary was born in West Hartford. While working as a teacher in Connecticut, Webster found that the education system needed reconsideration, so he began writing his own books in American English. The first dictionary was published in 1806 and we know it as the Webster’s Dictionary today. You can even visit the Noah Webster House in West Hartford if you’d like to learn more.
7. B. F. Clyde’s Cider Mill is the only steam-powered cider mill in the U.S. and has been family-run since it opened in 1881. You can still enjoy cider and apple treats made at Clyde’s during their opening season from September until December. Tasty highlights include hard cider, apple wine, and hot-from-the-oven apple doughnuts. You can also enjoy apple cider making demonstrations, which take place on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.
8. The “Constitution State” is the birthplace of the world’s first practical helicopter. Designed by Vought Sikorsky, the VS-300 took flight at Stratford, Connecticut on September 14, 1939.
9. n February 21, 1878, the first telephone book was issued in New Haven, CT. The book had the contacts of only 50 people representing the fact that the invention of the telephone was made recently. Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his invention (the telephone) in New Haven.
10. In 1844, the first use of anesthesia was made in Connecticut by Horace Wells (Nitrous Oxide was used for the purpose).