Your Granby Travel Guide: 4 Can't Miss Attractions

BBOnline has put together 4 can't miss, interesting attractions for your Granby travel experience. Granby is a small community in Hartford County, Connecticut. There's plenty of historical attractions, family parks and cultural scenes in the town and nearby communities. Enjoy the comfort of your Granby Bed and Breakfast after a long day of experiencing these terrific can't miss attractions.

1. Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine
115 Newgate Rd
East Granby, CT 06026 
(860) 653-3563

Old New-Gate Prison was the first American prison. During the Revolutionary War, British prisoners of war were held captive at New-Gate. In 1827 New-Gate became a mining facility and in 1976, it was labeled an historical landmark. Come and visit this Granby landmark when you want to learn about some of Granby's history. Call for times, days and admission prices.

2. Salmon Brook Historical Society
208 Salmon Brook St
Granby, CT 06035
(860) 653-9713

Add Salmon Brook Historical Society to your Granby travel guide. The society protects several historical buildings in Granby. The buildings include a barn, farm house, home and school. These buildings, dating back to the early 1700s to early 1900s, represent the earliest town settlers and their culture.

Also make a short visit to Granby Oak. This ancient oak tree has been a symbol of the township for hundreds of years. It's protected and maintained by the Granby Land Trust.

There are other historical homes and places of interest in Granby and Georgia. Contact the Salmon Brook Historical Society for information about these homes and buildings.

3. Mark Twain House and Museum
351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 247-0998

Mark Twain House and Museum is a few miles from your Granby Inn. The museum has over 2,000 feet of galleries, stories, books and other fascinating artifacts about Mark Twain's life. Throughout the year new exhibits are introduced, so your visit is different each time.

The Twain home is a beautiful collection of history. You'll find the first telephone, Victorian-era furniture, sophisticated settings and many other period pieces to look at.

Visit the museum and house year round except major holidays. It's closed every Tuesday during the months of January to March. Contact the visitor's center for directions and admission fees.

4. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-2670

Your Granby travel guide takes you to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. This museum provides a great day trip away from your Granby Bed and Breakfast. Wadsworth museum features paintings, sculptors and historical artifacts from America and Europe. Temporary exhibits change periodically but permanent collections remain the same.

For your convenience, there's a museum cafe and gift shop on the property. Grab a bite to eat or purchase a neat collectible item for someone special. Contact the visitor's center for hours and admission fees.

Also consider visiting The Austin House while you're in the area. When you donate to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, you can schedule an appointment to see the home. This famous home was a meeting place of brilliant artists like Salvador Dali and Gertrude Stein. The home features 18th and 20th century European art and decor as well. Call (860) 838-4046 for more information about donations and appointments.