(Illustration by Wes Rand / June 8, 2012)

Katy Thibault, Southington

Lebanon Green

Every summer my three brothers and I get together and go somewhere special. One year, we visited the 27-acre Lebanon town green. There we toured the Gov. Jonathan Trumbull House and the Wadsworth Stables, which are both Daughters of the American Revolution properties. The Wadsworth Stables were saved from destruction in the 1950s and moved from Hartford to Lebanon. We also visited the War Office, home of many meetings of the Committee of Safety during the Revolution, and the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House.

Ann Sheedy, Lebanon

Park River Hike

A modest adventure is the new short trail along the little Park River (the Hog River) in Hartford's West End.

Park in the Connecticut Historical Society lot off Elizabeth Street — the lot along the river — a quarter-mile trail goes along the river and up to Lorraine Street. Many features of Connecticut's terrain are visible: wetlands, broadleaf and pine, wildlife, all in the center of a busy area between Asylum and Farmington Avenues. A bonus of the walk is a stroll back to your car through the Connecticut Law School and/or the Law School Community garden along Girard Street.

The Connecticut Historical Society is usually open to visitors and for the ambitious walker, the Wallace Stevens walk goes right by on Asylum Avenue. Picnic tables are on the Historical Society grounds and the restaurants (and restrooms) are off Farmington Avenue, just a few minutes' ride. The trail is for the fit, and proper footware should be used — the Hog River can make a muddy trail.

Mike McGarry, Hartford

A Country Drive

Take a drive in Litchfield County: Begin in New Milford. Walk around a bit while there. Then, take Route 7 north. Keep your eyes open for life-sized sculptures. Drive north to Bull's Bridge. Cross its covered bridge. View the Housatonic River. Continue on to Kent; walk around there, too. A unique little town.

Next stop: Kent Falls, one of the most inspiring landscapes in Connecticut. Travel farther north to Cornwall and cross its covered bridge. Check out the architecture. Drive through the Housatonic State Forest to South Canaan.Turn south onto Route 63.

Check out the Goshen fairgrounds, maybe something's going on. Continue south to Litchfield. Walk its historic green, take pictures of its iconic Congregational Church. Visit the library and the nation's first law school. Have lunch.

Continue south to the White Flower Farm, best in warmer months. Stop. Get out and walk around. Farther south, Route 63 crosses I-84.

The trip can be reversed. In which case, have lunch in Kent. Either way, this trip leaves a lasting impression on first-time visitors to Connecticut.

Paul Becker, Naugatuck

State Hero

Nothing in Connecticut is more revolutionary than state hero Nathan Hale's homestead in Coventry. Surrounded by the 1,470-acre Nathan Hale State Forest, the birthplace of Nathan Hale is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned by the Connecticut Landmarks and is available for tours.

In addition to Nathan Hale's homestead, the area also contains the 1710 Strong House and the 1821 Elias Sprague House, both operated by the Coventry Historical Society and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Donald Patterson, Vernon