Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury

The Prudence Crandall House, also known as Elisha Payne House and as the Prudence Crandall School for Negro Girls, is a historic house museum at the junction of Connecticut Route 14 and 69 in the center of Canterbury, Connecticut. It is notable for having been the home of Prudence Crandall, the abolitionist and educator, and the school for African Americans which she ran from 1832 until 1834 when it was closed by mob violence. The building is now home to the Prudence Crandall Museum. For her brave actions at this home and school, Prudence Crandall is Connecticut's official state heroine. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.
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  • The house was the stage for an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent, Erica, to tell our group the story of Ms. Crandall and how events in the 1830's affected laws in the 1960's and even no...  more »
  • We have been by the museum many times and said: “We should go but never did.” Last Saturday we went with friends. What a treat! Our guide is the curator whose knowledge matches her excitement for the ...  more »
  • A part of Connecticut history that is a must see. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly!
  • We enjoyed learning the history of Prudence Crandall. The house itself is well preserved and the grounds were nice.

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