One of the most stubborn myths of American history is the idea that the frontier promoted equality of material condition. This national folk legend is, unhappily, ver much mistaken. With some exceptions, landed wealth was always highly concentrated throughout the southern highlands, as it would be in the lower Mississippi Valley, Texas and the far southwest. Inequality was greater in the backcountry and the southern highlands than in any other rural region of the United States.
|Nathan Hale Homestead
|Built in 1776 and restored.
|Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
|The site of the Battle of Groton Heights (1781).
|Yale University Art Gallery
|Home to one of the finest collections of early American art anywhere, it was founded in 1832 when John Trumbull gave more than one hundred of his portraits and historical paintings to Yale. Renovation and expansion completed in 2012.
|Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
|The schoolhouse where Nathan Hale taught.
|Built by Nathaniel Shaw; used by both Washington and Lafayette during the war.
|General William Hart House
|Built in 1767 and restored to its original condition, it is Old Saybrook Historical Society’s museum and headquarters.
|Three separate homes comprising a single museum, including the homes of Silas Deane, a member of the Continental Congress, and Joseph Webb; Washington and Rochambeau met there to lay out strategy.
Albion′s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989)