Talk about a cast of characters. The area’s history, complete with the story of state hero Nathan Hale, inven- tor Eli Whitney and the founding of Yale University, which would become one of the most respected educational institu- tions in the country, is rich with facts, tall tales and intrigue. And lucky for us, there are plenty of historical institutions, societ- ies and museums dedicated to the story. For a stellar overview, you can’t miss the New Haven Museum for a vast offering of all things New Haven. Be sure to check out the region’s more mysterious historical landmarks, like the Crypt at Center Church on the Green, featuring gravestones from as far back as 1687, including the final resting places of the earliest New Haven citizens and founders. If you can’t resist a historic home tour, you’re in luck. For start- ers, try the 1639 Henry Whitfield house in Guilford, which is filled with unique antique furniture. Sky’s the limit as far as history’s concerned, so let the learning begin. Since the histories of New Haven and Yale University are thoroughly intertwined, the Yale University campus tour is a great way to discover the city’s past and pres- ent. While some information for prospec- tive students is covered, the tour really spotlights the history, art, architecture and accomplishments of Yale’s students. It truly is a must-see. Since the histories of New Haven and Yale University are thoroughly intertwined, the Yale University campus tour is a great way to discover the city’s past and present. Stephen A. Schwarzman Center at Yale University Stephen Ciuccoli CALL 1-800-332-STAY 15 history Yale Peabody Museum Derek Dudek