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New Haven History

New Haven has been reinventing itself constantly - from early Native American lands, a Puritan settlement starting in1638, the hotbed of Industrial Revolution inventions and economic growth, waves of immigration, redevelopment in the sixties, and now the new Urbanism and an “Eds and Meds” economy based on knowledge, healthcare and science. Its architecture and services reflect the environment, peoples and institutions who have made New Haven home over the past 375+ years. It has a rich and varied history you can explore with your mind, heart, and tastebuds.

History Tips

  • New Haven Museum: See their great exhibits on colonial and modern history, including the Amistad.
  • New Haven Grove Street Cemetery: Where the famous from New Haven and Yale are buried.
  • New Haven Firsts: things invented in New Haven or by New Haveners, from pizza and the hamburger to the corkscrew, lollipop and city planning