The Rev. Thomas Hooker led the group of about 100 Puritans who founded Hartford in June 1636, but he had a lot of help from one of his assistants, the Rev. Samuel Stone. In fact, it was from Stone's birthplace -- Hertford, England -- that the new settlement took its name. A delegation from Hertford will be among those at the dedication of the Samuel Stone statue at the Ancient Burying Ground on Thursday, April 28. The event is also meant to celebrate "a plan to develop the Main Street parcel of the Ancient Burying Ground."
The dedication begins at 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the Main Street entrance to the Burying Ground, which is adjacent to the Gold Building. Afterward, a wine reception will be held in the City Hall Function Room. Parking is available for $3 after 4:30 p.m. in the Gold Building garage; you must enter on the Pearl Street side and validate your ticket at the dedication, which is sponsored by Sister Cities International, the Ancient Burying Ground Association, the City of Hartford, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.