48 Interesting Facts About Connecticut

Last updated on September 16th, 2022

45. Connecticut and Rhode Island were the only two states that did not ratify the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcohol.

46. Lake Candlewood is the largest lake in Connecticut. The lake has an area of 8.4 square miles, and some of the most expensive real estate in Connecticut is located on the shores of the lake, in the towns of Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, and Sherman.

47. Connecticut can be divided into three geographic regions. The Western Uplands (filled with steep hills), the Central Lowlands (contains ridges and valleys) and Eastern Uplands (has hills, rivers, and dense forest.)

48. Among the 50 states, Connecticut is first on the list of the percentage of urban lands covered by trees. Close to 60% of the state’s land is covered by forest. The most common tree in Connecticut is the red maple.

About the Flag of Connecticut

Connecticut state flag - the fact file
The State flag of Connecticut.
1. Design and Symbolism
 
The flag of Connecticut has three main elements: a royal blue field, a white shield, and a white scroll. It acts as the civil and state flag.
 
The scroll has the Latin words “Qui Transtulit Sustinet” or “He who transplanted sustains.” Charles Hoadly, a former state librarian, notes the possible link to the Bible passage in Psalms 80:8 about a vine out of Egypt.
 
The shield exemplifies the grand baroque art style with curved edges and intricate details. Three grape vines represent the original settlements. 
 
2. Adoption
 
The Connecticut General Assembly approved the current design in 1897. The women of the Anna Warner Bailey chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the first flag under law. 
 
3. Technical Details
 
The design has a proportion of 4:3. The official flag is 1.7 meters long and 1.32 meters wide (5 feet 6 inches by 4 feet 4 inches). Use azure blue silk. The border of the shield must have gold and silver embroidery. The white streamer must have forked ends and a gold-brown edge. Write the motto in dark blue ink.
 
4. History
 
In 1639, Col. George Fenwick brought a seal from England to the Saybrook Colony. It features 15 grape vines and a hand holding a banner that reads, “Qui transtulit sustinet.” Five years later, the Connecticut Colony purchased land at Saybrook and got the seal as a bonus. In 1662, the General Assembly formally adopted it as the Connecticut seal. 
 
In 1711, the governor simplified the design by cutting the grape vines from fifteen to three. They represent separate settlements: New Haven, Saybrook, and Hartford. The oval border contained “SIGILLUM COLONIAE CONNECTICUTENSIS” (Seal of the Connecticut Colony). In 1784, after the revolution, they changed this to “SIGILLUM REIPUBLICAE CONNECTICUTENSIS (Seal of the State of Connecticut). 
 
In 1895, the Anna Warner Bailey Chapter of the group Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) asked the government to adopt an official flag. They had a new meeting place and wanted the flag to serve as centerpiece décor. Gov. Vincent Coffin proposed the adoption of a state flag to the General Assembly, which formed a special committee to handle the matter. 
 
The DAR submitted several designs and revisions, but Civil War veterans opposed these. They clung to their blue regimental flags. James Goodwin, president of the Connecticut Society of the Colonial Wars, made another design. After numerous debates, the legislature compromised by keeping the traditional blue field while retaining the ornate shield for the coat of arms. 
 
5. Other Flags
 
During the American Revolution against the British, troops used a flag resembling the current design but with a red field.
 
6. Flag Honors
 
The Connecticut state flag may fly at half-staff upon the death of a former governor, legislator, or soldier. Other sorrowful events, such as the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, can also trigger this. The president may issue a nationwide order to place the US and state flags at half-staff, like after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
 

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Bridgeport- Initially Part of Stratford

Before the official incorporation, Bridgeport was home of P.T. Barnum, a 19th Century showman from Bethel. The area was mainly a settlement with Stratfield and Newfield occupying the local harbor. This harbor played a significant role in the Revolutionary War where ships were docked by the Continental Army.

Frank Pepe's Apizza, New Haven, Connecticut.
Frank Pepe’s Apizza, New Haven, Connecticut. Image via amanderson2. Interesting facts about Connecticut. 

New England’s Best Pizza

A visit to New Haven is incomplete without biting a slice of Apizza, a modern and famous pizza in the city. It is the kind of delicacy you can order as takeaway and start eating right away in the car before driving back home. You can still find the world’s greatest hamburger without condiments in New Haven.

Nautical City of Stamford

If you want to test the waters in Connecticut, the best place to be is Stamford. Have fun swimming, crabbing, or fishing in one for the public beaches at Cummings Park and Cove Island Park. Boat rides, concerts, lectures, and workshops are offered here.

Bushnell Park, Hartford, Connecticut.
Bushnell Park, Hartford, Connecticut. Image via Sage Ross.

The oldest Publicly Owned Park in the US

In the state capital is a 50-acre oasis known as Bushnell Park, a historic place that is publicly funded by the government. The beautiful park has been a key feature of Hartford’s heritage for the last 150 years. The biggest turkey oak tree ever seen in New England is also found here. The circumference of the trunk is about 17 feet. People come to Bushnell Park for picnics, fun events, museum visits, eating out, and shopping.

Jesus’ Junkyard

At a 17-acre hilltop in Waterbury, there is a 16-metre high cross that attracts tourist with saint statues representing biblical events. Also known as the Holy Land, some 200 miniature structures in Jesus’ junkyard were created to replicate Bethlehem. Even though it was neglected for 35 years, it finally got revived in the early 50s by John Baptist Greco, a devoted Catholic. It took about 3 decades to complete and today is used as a theme park that seems to be in the midst of resurrection.

Life is Literally a Beach in Norwalk

Both locals and visitors frequent the many beaches of Norwalk. One of the best for summer vacations is Calf Pasture beach. For a serene seaside experience without the crowds, head to Rowayton Beach and soak some sunshine.

The City of Performing Arts

Danbury offers numerous places where local legends perform arts. Artists from over 20 towns in Connecticut draw crowds from all over the world at the Carnegie Hall. Three major concerts happen annually at the Connecticut Master Chorale. Also famous with classical and modern musical performances is the Danbury Music Center that is found inside a restored building of the 19th Century.

Organic Food in a Big City

Year-round restaurants in the city of New Britain offer top-quality local foods made with certified organic produce. The food is sourced from the local community as well as specialty markets of New Britain. Make sure you taste some heirloom tomatoes, salad greens, herbs, cooking greens, etc. The same food crops grown in New England are also produced here including zucchini, hot and sweet peppers, okra, figs, and summer squash. There is a farm that grows organic greens even in winter.

Lake Compounce Trolley, Connecticut, United States.
Lake Compounce Trolley. Image via Martin Lewison

America’s Oldest Operating Amusement Park

Right at the center of Bristol, the Lake Compounce was founded in 1846 by a local entrepreneur Gad Norton. By then, it only had a concert gazebo, swimming pool, and some rides. Today, it offers first-class roller coasters such as Boulder Dash- the first wooden roller coaster created on a mountain side. There are also plenty of rides, a water park, and a crocodile cove.

A Gift from Walter Hubbard

A tower was dedicated to the residents by Walter Hubbard, a philanthropist and President of Hubbard Manufacturing Company. Situated in Meriden’s Hubbard Park, Castle Craig is a stone-built observation tower featuring native trap rock and an interior staircase.

Connecticut – Quick Facts and State Symbols

State AbbreviationCT
State CapitalHartford
Largest CityBridgeport
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 5,543 sq miles; Land Only: 4,845 sq miles
Population
3,565,287
(Estimate July 1, 2019 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJan 9, 1788
State rank by population29th
State rank by date of formation5th
State rank by area48th
Number of Counties8
Complete list of 50 states and number of counties in each
DemonymConnecticuter
Connecticutian
Nutmegger
Bordering StatesMassachusetts, New York, Rhode Island
Highest PointMassachusetts border on south slope of Mount Frissell (2,380 feet)
Lowest pointLong Island Sound
Sea level
Mean elevation500 feet above sea level
Length 70 miles (113 km)
Width110 miles (177 km)
GovernorNed Lamont (D)
Lieutenant GovernorSusan Bysiewicz (D)
Electoral Votes7
State MottoQui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted sustains)
State NicknameArsenal of the Nation
Constitution State
Land of Steady Habits
Nutmeg State
Provisions State
% Water12.6
Noble prize WinnersBarbara McClintock (Physiology or Medicine, 1983)
Alfred G. Gilman (Physiology or Medicine, 1994)
George A. Akerlof (Economic Sciences, 2001)
Craig C. Mello (Physiology or Medicine, 2006)
Edward C. Kendall (Physiology or Medicine, 1950)
John F. Enders (Physiology or Medicine, 1954)
John H. van Vleck (Physics, 1977)
Roger W. Sperry (Physiology or Medicine, 1981)
Famous peopleFloyd Little (Pro Football player)
Roger Connor (Baseball player)
Rebecca Lobo (Basketball player)
Seth MacFarlane (Actor)
Tony Scherr (Singer)
U.S. President Born in ConnecticutGeorge Walker Bush
State BirdAmerican robin
State fishAmerican Shad
State FossilEubrontes giganteus
State FlagshipFreedom Schooner Amistad
State FlowerMountain laurel
State InsectEuropean Praying Mantis
State mineralGarnet
State shellfishEastern oyster
State TreeCharter Oak
Longitude71°47′ W to 73°44′ W
Latitude40°58′ N to 42°03′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Websitewww.ct.gov
Area Codes203, 475, 860, 959
Table last updatedDecember 20, 2021