New Haven, Connecticut has a lot to offer. You can stop at the Museum of the New Haven Colony Settlement. The museum gives a historical look at the city of New Haven. Some of the most popular personalities from New Haven include Noah Webster, Charles Goodyear, and Eli Whitney.
Some of the inventions that were founded in this city include fish hooks, the corkscrew, lollipop, Steamboat etc. One of the rooms in the museum is devoted to Joseph Cinque the leader of the Amistad Mutiny. The history of their ordeals is told in documents, paintings and other displays.
The second Amistad trial took place in the State House which was torn down after the new one was built in Hartford in the1870s. The old jail where the Africans were kept during their trials is also gone. However, what remains is the green, where they had their daily exercise, doing cartwheels and back flips and having a good time.
On the green today are three churches and the graves of thousands of early settlers. The citizens thought that their green, the public park was beginning to look like a cemetery. Therefore, they moved the headstones to Grove cemetery but the bodies remain interred on the green.
The focal point of New Haven is Yale University which was named after Elihu Yale. The university consists of 12 self-contained colleges where the undergrads eat, recreate, bond and sleep. A tour of campus is highly recommended.
The tour guides will show you different parts of the campus going into one of the colleges. Yale is full of many stories and traditions which the guide will share on the tour.
You should also remember to visit the Sterling Library which has a structure like that of a cathedral. Yale, being a nonsectarian did not want a chapel. The architect, however, wanted to build a church like building. So, he built a cathedral Gothic in style.
The card catalogs look like pews, the desk a high altar and many windows give the effect of being in a cathedral. Behind the desk is a large mural depicting different areas of knowledge. The painter being a communist put himself into the painting holding a hammer and sickle.
The tours end in the courtyard between Woolsey Hall and Beinecke Library. The former is where the Yale Symphony plays and is a memorial to those who died in World War I. the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington DC is modeled after the rotunda of this hall.
Beinecke Library is the repository of rare books and manuscripts for the university. This includes a copy of the Guttenberg Bible which is on display. Another museum you should visit on campus is the collection of British Art, which is one of the largest outsides of England.