Wadsworth Mansion is open to the public and is the site of many popular events, including free tours. Two trails on…More the mansion's 100-acre property are open for hiking and cross-country skiing from sunrise to sunset.
Originally a summer residence, "Long Hill" was built in the first years of the 20th century by Colonel Clarence S. Wadsworth, an early expert on forestry and an avid conservationist. The 500-acre grounds were designed by the nationally renowned landscape architectural firm, The Olmsted Brothers; formal and classical gardens near the mansion gave way to forest and pastures.
On Wadsworth's death 1941, a portion of the lands were willed to the State of Connecticut for use as a public park (now known as Wadsworth Falls State Park). The rest was managed by the Rockfall Corporation, a charitable foundation created to further Wadsworth's interests in conservation and forestry.
The estate changed hands during the next half-century, growing smaller and falling into disrepair until the mid-1990s when the city bought the property and the mansion and grounds underwent a two-year, $5.8 million restoration financed by municipal bonds.
This large office building off Exit 20 on I-91 serves as headquarters for the Public Safety…More Department's three main divisions: the Connecticut State Police; scientific services; and fire, emergency and building services. It also houses centralized communications for the entire state police department.
Administrative offices for the commissioner of public safety and the deputy commissioner are here. Three commanders who oversee the Connecticut State Police work in one of three district offices in Litchfield, Meriden and Norwich; troopers are assigned to 12 locations around the state.
The division of scientific services oversees state laboratories for forensics, toxicology and controlled substances, computer crime, electronic evidence and crime-scene reconstruction.
The division of fire, emergency and building services oversees building and fire safety, telecommunications, education and training and data management. It includes the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Office of State Building Inspector, the Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications and the Office of Education and Data Management.
This division oversees the safety and inspections of state buildings, licensing and permits, and technical training and education in all related fields. It conducts field inspections and provides technical assistance to local building and fire code officials, elected officials and the general public. It supervises fire and arson investigations, inspections of carnivals, amusement parks and circuses, hazardous materials, explosives and demolitions, crane operations, ski lifts and elevators.