The Museum is the actual house where Prudence conducted her academy. A historically-rich
area surrounds the Museum including the homes of her supporters and detractors, and
the church, all of which played such an important part in her story. The wide and
beautiful Quinebaug River, a favorite spot for Crandall’s students to visit on an
afternoon away from their studies, is only a half mile away.
In addition to the Crandall Academy making a place for history re-visited, Route
169 is a designated scenic highway. Stone walls, open and rolling fields, and woodlands
help us re-imagine the world of Prudence Crandall and her students.
The State of Connecticut purchased The Prudence Crandall Museum property in 1969.
The Museum formally opened to the public in May of 1984. Since then, this National
Historic Landmark has hosted visitors from all 50 states and visitors from as far
away as Israel and Cambodia.
The Museum gives tours, organizes changing exhibits, hosts a variety of public programs,
and has a small research library for in-house study. Docent training sessions, which
train volunteers to conduct Museum tours, are scheduled every other year. Friends
of the Prudence Crandall Museum play a vital part in making all this happen.
Come visit - we look forward to seeing you!
In addition to the Crandall Academy making a place for history re-visited, the Museum
is also at the intersection of state routes 14 and 169. Route 169 is a designated
scenic highway, which is a pleasure to drive and the views are a delight to the eye.
The route covers 32 miles in Connecticut, beginning in Norwich and heading north
to its terminus in Southbridge, MA. Classic New England towns, stone walls, open
and rolling fields, and woodlands help us re-imagine the world of Prudence Crandall
and her students.
Use the information below to assist in your exploration of this quiet corner of Connecticut,
where almost 200 years ago a single woman took a courageous stance.
Use the links below to explore this quiet corner of Connecticut, where almost 200
years ago, one woman took a courageous stance.