Walktober

Take a walk each day during the month of Walktober! Use #walktoberhartford to share your journeys with us.

Lunch Time Tree Walk
Wednesday, 10/11, 12 pm | FREE
Meet At: The Carousel, Bushnell Park
Tour Guide: Bushnell Park Foundation
Bushnell Park is home to over 450 rare and native trees and 76 different tree species. Learn more about these magnificent beauties that you walk by every day. City Forester Heather Dionne and Chris Donnelly, Urban Forestry Coordinator with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), will lead us through the west side of the park.

Vertical Walk, Tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
Thursday, 10/12, 12 – 1:30 pm | FREE
Meet At: Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Bushnell Park
Tour Guide: Bushnell Park Foundation
It’s 96 steps from the bottom to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. Walk up the stairs and back in time, through Hartford’s history. Pause at the top for bird’s eye view of Bushnell Park, and then head back down the stairs into Hartford’s present.

Exceptional Women of Cedar Hill
Saturday, 10/14, 10:00 am | $5
Tour Guide: Cedar Hill Cemetery
Grace Parks Mitchell leads this tour emphasizing the extraordinary accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most distinguished women including Virginia Thrall Smith, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, Anne Tracy Morgan and Katharine Houghton Hepburn.

Keney Park Organized Dog Walk
Saturday, 10/14, 9 am | FREE
Meet At: Starting at Keney Park Golf Course Parking Lot
Tour Guide: Nancy Macy and her dog, Rosie
Starting in the Keney Park Golf Course Parking Lot our guide Nancy Macy and her dog Rosie will take us on a tour of Keney Park and enlighten you on the history of the park and all that it has to offer you and your four-legged friend. Stay around after the walk for a bite to eat at the Tavern at Keney Park which has a pet-friendly patio.

Walktober in Coltsville
Monday, 10/16, 12 – 12:45 pm | FREE
Meet At: Hooker Brewery Patio, 140 Huyshope Ave, Hartford
Tour Guide: Donna Swarr
The walk begins at the Hooker Brewery Patio and goes toward the East Armory with its signature blue dome, then on to Huyshope Avenue, past the Church of the Good Shepherd and its massive parish house, Armsmear, the carriage house, and finally, past the Samuel Colt Memorial. Coltsville Walktober tours do not include entrance to the buildings or the dome. This walk is just under one mile.

The Bushnell: Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, 10/17, 12:00 pm | FREE
Meet At: Meet at the Bushnell Box Office
Tour Guide: Bushnell, Catt Gruszka
Our Behind the Scenes walking tour explores the history, art, and many stories of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Starting off in the lobby spaces, you will hear about how the Bushnell came to be, then moving to the Projection Booth, private suites, and the famous Autograph and Green Room. Get a chance to see a Dale Chihuly sculpture, “Ode to Joy,” and an amazing view of the Mortensen Hall from the stage. This walking tour will last 90 min.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlights Tour
Wednesday, 10/18, 10 am | $5
Tour Guide: Bob Chudy
Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice.

Vertical Walk, Tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
Thursday, 10/19, 12 – 1:30 pm | FREE
Meet At: Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Bushnell Park
Tour Guide: Bushnell Park Foundation
It’s 96 steps from the bottom to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. Walk up the stairs and back in time, through Hartford’s history. Pause at the top for bird’s eye view of Bushnell Park, and then head back down the stairs into Hartford’s present.

Scavenger Hunt and Pooch Costume Parade
Saturday 10/21, 10 am | $10
Meet At: Naturally Dogs and Cats, 10 Trumbull Street, Hartford
Tour Guide: Naturally Dogs and Cats
Costumed owners and dogs will work in pairs with a list of clues that you are provided with at check-in. Follow the clues and hashtag your way through our city while you and your dog trick or treat for biscuits at downtown businesses and landmarks. Don’t miss the post trick or treating costume contest at Naturally Dogs and Cats, and then it’s on to Yappy Hour at Salute.

Nook Farm
Monday, 10/23, 12 -1 pm  | $18 non-members, $12 members (or groups of 10 or more)
Meet At: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street, Hartford
Tour Guide: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Beth Burgess
Nook Farm was the hub of Hartford’s literary and political worlds in the 19th-century and home to two of the country’s most famous authors: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain. Learn about the architecture and social history of this neighborhood in a walking tour focusing on the people and places that distinguished this community, its evolution and the people it serves today. The tour begins outside the Stowe Visitor Center, formerly the carriage house of the Chamberlain family (neighbors of Stowe and Twain), and follows a route which includes the 1871 National Historic Landmark Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Katharine Seymour Day House, and the Mark Twain House. Participants will be introduced to Stowe’s Nook Farm neighborhood, the people who lived there and learn about the impact they had on society.

Vertical Walk, Tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
Thursday, 10/26, 12 – 1:30 pm | FREE
Meet At: Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Bushnell Park
Tour Guide: Bushnell Park Foundation
It’s 96 steps from the bottom to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. Walk up the stairs and back in time, through Hartford’s history. Pause at the top for bird’s eye view of Bushnell Park, and then head back down the stairs into Hartford’s present.

Walktober in Coltsville
Friday, 10/27, 12 pm – 12:45 pm | FREE
Meet At: Hooker Brewery Patio, 140 Huyshope Ave, Hartford
Tour Guide: Donna Swarr
The walk begins at the Hooker Brewery Patio and goes toward the East Armory with its signature blue dome, then on to Huyshope Avenue, past the Church of the Good Shepherd and its massive parish house, Armsmear, the carriage house, and finally, past the Samuel Colt Memorial. Coltsville Walktober tours do not include entrance to the buildings or the dome. This walk is just under one mile.

Aetna’s Architecture and History

Wednesday, 10/27, 12 pm | FREE
Meet At: Executive Entrance on Farmington Avenue
Tour Guide: Larry Gallmeier
Learn about the architecture and history of the Aetna building and see some off parts of the building that are not often seen. Registration for this event required.  Please contact David Corrigan at david@ninahartford.org to register.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, 10/27, 6 pm – 9:30 pm | $15, reservations required 860-956-3311
Meet At: Entrance to Cedar Hill Cemetery
Tour Guide: Cedar Hill Cemetery
History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill. Character actors share tantalizing true stories of some of our notable and not-so-notable residents. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots. Please note: This tour may NOT be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Shoeleather History Walking Tour
Saturday, 10/28, 2 – 4 pm | FREE
Meet At: Union Place and Asylum Street
Tour Guide: Steve Thornton
Stories of unsung heroines and overrated heels; preachers and prostitutes; activists and oligarchs; workers and the one percent. Copies of “Wicked Hartford,” a new book by Steve Thornton, will be available. RSVP to sign up and more info: stephen.thorton1199@gmail.com.

Walktober in Coltsville
Monday, 10/30, 12 – 12:45 pm | FREE
Meet At: Hooker Brewery Patio, 140 Huyshope Ave, Hartford
Tour Guide: Donna Swarr
The walk begins at the Hooker Brewery Patio and goes toward the East Armory with its signature blue dome, then on to Huyshope Avenue, past the Church of the Good Shepherd and its massive parish house, Armsmear, the carriage house, and finally, past the Samuel Colt Memorial. Coltsville Walktober tours do not include entrance to the buildings or the dome. This walk is just under one mile.

Murder & Mayhem
10/31, 12 – 1 pm | FREE
Meet At: 55 Farmington Avenue, (the corner of Flower and Farmington)
Tour Guide: NINA, David Corrigan
Get ready for a nightmare on Asylum Street with this very scary tour through Hartford’s most mysterious tales from the ‘hood. Highlights will include: The Case of the Missing River, The Day Aetna Opened, The Case of the Man who Laughed at Church Walls, The Case of the Ohio Inebriant, The Nonagenarian Who, Never Missed a Day of Work (until he was hit by a train), The Case of the Frogs that Ate Mice — Live!, The Case of the No-Bid Envelope Contract, The Case of the Fortuitously Insured House that Caught Fire

 


Past Walks:

Vertical Walk, Tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
Thursday, 10/5, 12 – 1:30 pm | FREE
Meet At: Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Bushnell Park
Tour Guide: Bushnell Park Foundation
It’s 96 steps from the bottom to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. Walk up the stairs and back in time, through Hartford’s history. Pause at the top for bird’s eye view of Bushnell Park, and then head back down the stairs into Hartford’s present.

Walktober in Coltsville
Friday, 10/6, 12 – 12:45 pm | FREE
Meet At: Hooker Brewery Patio, 140 Huyshope Ave, Hartford
Tour Guide: Donna Swarr
The walk begins at the Hooker Brewery Patio and goes toward the East Armory with its signature blue dome, then on to Huyshope Avenue, past the Church of the Good Shepherd and its massive parish house, Armsmear, the carriage house, and finally, past the Samuel Colt Memorial. Coltsville Walktober tours do not include entrance to the buildings or the dome. This walk is just under one mile.

The History of Bushnell Park
Saturday, 10/7, 10 am | FREE
Meet At: The Carousel, Bushnell Park
Tour Guide: Bushnell Park Foundation
This one-hour tour explores Reverend Horace Bushnell’s vision for Bushnell Park, “an outdoor parlor” where the public could come together. Learn more about the park’s historic monuments and statues, including the Horace Wells statue, the Charter Oak scion, and the Corning Fountain. Following the park tour, the Park Guides will open the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.  NOTE: Please call 860-232-6710 by 9 am to see if tour is canceled due to weather.

Walktober in Coltsville
Monday, 10/9, 12 – 12:45 pm | FREE
Meet At: Hooker Brewery Patio, 140 Huyshope Ave, Hartford
Tour Guide: Donna Swarr
The walk begins at the Hooker Brewery Patio and goes toward the East Armory with its signature blue dome, then on to Huyshope Avenue, past the Church of the Good Shepherd and its massive parish house, Armsmear, the carriage house, and finally, past the Samuel Colt Memorial. Coltsville Walktober tours do not include entrance to the buildings or the dome. This walk is just under one mile.

Forgotten Asylum Hill
Monday, 10/9, 12 – 1 pm | FREE
Meet At: Connecticut Mutual Building (front of building), 140 Garden Street
Tour Guide: Jonathan Clark
Do you know where Hartford Reservoir and the Almshouse were? No? Curious? Join John Clark for a walk down memory lane and through the Asylum Hill that used to be. Learn more about the neighborhood’s most notable residents, and get a sense of how Asylum Hill came to be the way it is today.