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Address: Junction of State Scenic Routes 14 & 169, Canterbury, CT 06331
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Prudence Crandall opened this school for young ladies in 1831 but was...

Prudence Crandall opened this school for young ladies in 1831 but was forced to close it in 1834 after it changed to an academy for black girls.

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Fascinating Glimpse Into the History of American Education

If you’re going to make a day of it in the Quiet Corner, exploring scenic Route 169, add the Prudence Crandall Museum to your list of worthwhile stops. Ms. Crandall, an... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Plainfield, Connecticut
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Plainfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you’re going to make a day of it in the Quiet Corner, exploring scenic Route 169, add the Prudence Crandall Museum to your list of worthwhile stops. Ms. Crandall, an educational pioneer, opened the first Academy in the nation for African-American girls in 1833. The museum is in the well-preserved home that served as the Academy. The docents are... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

It was nice to visit this museum in the middle of Canterbury (when it is open) . I knew of it for years and I happened to visit during one of their events which drew in some crowds. To learn of the history of the place was interesting and how it fit into the era when there were issues with... More 

Thank wp912
Canterbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

Lovely colonial-era home, site of the state's first school for young women of color., easily accessed off state road 169 in Canterbury, CT. Nice gift shop.

Thank Kate Z
Guilford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Enjoyed our visit to the Prudence Crandall Museum while taking a fall ride on scenic Route 169. The docents were friendly and informative. Our tour began with a short video which provided an overview of the history of the home and the events that took place there. After the video and a quick tour of the downstairs with a docent,... More 

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Adams, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

A nice little house museum, with informative exhibits and history of Prudence Crandall. In the 1830s this woman enrolled a black girl in her girls school, and the white parents pulled their daughters. So Prudence defied the town and changed her school to one for black girls only. The townspeople flipped out, harrassed her, attacked the school, tried to burn... More 

Thank Robin L
Jewett City, Connecticut
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

Lived in the area all my life, never went but always wanted to. The history on my back door step is a precursor to the Civil War and the Civil Rights Amendment. Her courage and bravery in the face of her adversaries serves as an example we should learn from. I plan on doing volunteer work there when I retire... More 

Thank br878
Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

In the center of Canterbury, Ct is a wonderful gem of history. May not be a proud part of American history but the struggles of African Americans and the courage the Prudence Crandall had to establish a school for African American girls was humbling. Take the time to stop and reflect on a history and the courage it took to... More 

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Shelton, Connecticut
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

I thought I knew the story of Prudence Crandall, but I was wrong. There was so much more to the story, her life and the lives of her students. Definitely watch the short film and take the full tour. Don't forget to see the upstairs exhibits. We are so glad that we came.

Thank eamorgan
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

This is a very well perserved building. It was the location of the first school for young girls that admitted African American young girls in beautiful Cantebury Connecticut. .Prudence Crandell is considered Connecticut's first female hero. This is located on a 24 mile Scenic drive Rt. 169.

Thank Muchka123
Coventry, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Nicely restored old house with an inspiring back story. Courage of convictions!!

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