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International Festival of Arts & Ideas Walking Tours—Hillhouse Avenue

  • Hillhouse Avenue and Sachem Street New Haven, CT (map)

Tour Hillhouse Avenue National Historic District and discover why Charles Dickens described it as “the most beautiful street in America” 150 years ago. Compare the restored, historic mansions to early drawings and photographs. Learn of James Hillhouse’s Arcadian vision for America when he lined the street with elm trees in 1792, and its evolution from the first gas light to the ‘bluelights’ of Yale. Hear tales of the business, educational, and social achievements of some of the residents, including two U.S. Presidents.

Tour Leader: Channing Harris

New Haven Preservation Trust is pleased to present this walking tour in collaboration with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Space is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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