Im intrigued by the state’s new campaign, “Still Revolutionary,” and it reminded me of a throwback to the 1700s that used to be a big part of modern Connecticut life. It was nearly 11 years ago that tradition came to an end, and perhaps now is the time to bring it back.
I remember when I first moved to Connecticut from Michigan and I was walking across State House Square when I saw this for the first time. It was very cool and whenever I had visitors I would take them there to witness something you couldn’t see just anywhere. After all, Connecticut is one of the original thirteen colonies.
Don’t quote me on this, but as I recall the cannon was fired in the morning, and then again around 4PM. We could hear the reverberations from the blast a block away inside Broadcast House.
Then 9/11 came, and a few weeks later a transformer exploded at the Hartford Civic Center, alarming thousands of people, whose nerves were already raw from the events at the World Trade Center. A decision was made to cease all firing of the cannon in the name of security.
The cannon has been fired at least once or twice since then for special occasions, but the daily tourist attraction has been closed for the better part of this century. With Governor Malloy’s new emphasis on tourism and the new slogan, perhaps it is time to resurrect this great re-enactment of our local history. What do you think?
While we are at it, it would also be nice to to resurrect at least one cobblestone street in downtown Hartford. Just about every Revolutionary War era city has one including Boston, Newport, Portsmouth, New York…you get the picture.
We are still waiting for the Old State House to open on Sundays like its neighboring tourist attractions the Wadsworth Atheneum and Connecticut Science Center. The Old State House in Boston is open Sundays.