The Old State House of Connecticut which was completed in 1796, is a Hartford based state house whose current management is in the hands of Office of Legislative Management. This is an arm of the Connecticut General Assembly that is responsible for managing legislative buildings within the state of Connecticut.

Connecticut Old State House Chamber

Since it was built, the building has been modified on a number of occasions. For example, the building did not have balustrade prior to the 19th century. The balustrade was only added following the beginning of the 19th century in a bid to enhance the protection of firemen. There are also parts of the building which are no longer in existence. A major example of such parts includes the spiral shaped stone staircase which lay behind the northern arch. This was used to access the second and third floors. But, it has ceased to exist over the years due to modifications of the old house.


Over the years, the Old State House of Connecticut has been associated with many strange incidences. It is by far one of the most interesting old state houses of the United States. The following is a look at some of the most notable interesting facts that are associated with the old house.

It Is Believed To Have Been Designed By Charles Bulfinch

Up to now intense debate about who was behind the design of the historical building still exists. This follows the fact that information pertaining to the designs of the building remains scanty despite the building having been in existence for many years. It is generally believed that the building was designed by an iconic American architect, Charles Bulfinch. The belief is based on the fact that the Old State House has an architecture which is very close to that of the State Hall in Liverpool which was built around the same time as the Old State House.

A painting of Charles Bulfinch

The Building Was Declared A National Historical Landmark

In 1960, the Old State House had earned itself a place on the list of the National Historical Landmarks of the US and the state of Connecticut. With this status, the building’s maintenance and usage became more important to the country than ever before. Today, it remains one of the most important buildings in the state of Connecticut and the US as a whole.

It Has The Oldest Farmers Market In Connecticut

Unlike most of the farmers’ markets that exist today, the state has a farmers’ house whose existence dates back to the 1600s. The farmers’ house is still in existence today and used extensively for the sale of a number of farm products which are grown within the state and the US.

Connecticut’s Farmers Market

The Building Was Abandoned In 1915 But Was Not Demolished

Even though the Old State House was declared a national historical landmark of Connecticut in 1960, it was actually abandoned in 1915. After 1915, the building did not serve any meaningful purpose. The only time the building came back to life was when it was refurbished five years later.

It Is One Of The Most Attractive Historical Buildings In The US

Despite being over 200 years old, the building has still remained quite alluring to look at. It has remained one of the most attractive buildings in the US. This is despite the fact that it has been abandoned before in the past on many occasions. Even as recent as 2008, the building abandoned on account of lack of funds for the continued maintenance of its structural and architectural elements. But, recent renovations have ensured that the building remains intact for a taste of time.

Many aesthetic changes have been made thus enhancing the building’s exterior and interior elegance. Not shocking, it is one of the most elegant historical buildings in all of the US. 

The Old State House Has A Reputation Of Being Haunted

Some individuals who used to work at the Old State House reported instances of strange sounds especially during after normal working hours. For example, audio sounds which seemed like a woman sighing were recorded even though there was no female member present at the time. Further, sounds of a door knob being opened were also recorded even though there was no one present in the house. These instances together compelled the members of the general public to believe that the house may be haunted. Up to this day, the old house is revered for its reputation as a haunted house even though it still attracts many tourists.

These are some of the most interesting facts that are associated with the Old State House. Visit the Connecticut’s Old House Museum if you want to learn more interesting facts about the building.