The state of Connecticut is one of six New England states. It was also one of the original thirteen colonies. Its nickname is “The Constitution State”. I could go on and on while giving you a history lesson for National Connecticut Day. But I thought it would be a little more exciting to share a few fun facts about Connecticut instead.
Fun Facts About Connecticut on National Connecticut Day
- The first phone directory in the US was handed out in New Haven, CT.
- The birthplace of lollipops is Connecticut. They were invented there by George Smith in 1908.
- The state animal of Connecticut is the sperm whale.
- The state tree in Connecticut is the charter oak.
- The world’s only remaining wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan, can be found at Mystic Seaport.
- William Hooker Gillette, the Sherlock Holmes actor, lived in the castle at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam.
- The author of Webster’s Dictionary, Noah Webster, was born in Hartford, CT on October 16, 1758.
- Silly String is unlawful in Southington, CT.
- You may not walk backward after sunset in Devon, CT.
- The word “Connecticut” is derived from quinetucket, which is a Native American word. Quinetucket means besides the long, tidal river.
- The speed limit law was first imposed in Connecticut in 1901. At that time, no one could drive faster than 12 mph.
- Anesthesia was used for the first time ever in the state of Connecticut in 1844. Horace Wells used Nitrous Oxide.
- The first hamburger in the US was made in New Haven at Louis’ Lunch.
- Yankee Doodle is the official song of Connecticut.
- Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn while living in Hartford.
- Connecticut has tons of lobster shacks to dine at.
- The PEZ Factory is located in Orange, CT.
- The Cushing Brain Collection is located in Connecticut. The collection has more than four hundred human brains.
These are some of the many fun facts about Connecticut. There are other fun facts you could discover about this state on National Connecticut Day. And it makes the perfect destination for a family vacation!
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