Around Hartford

Riverfront sculptures

Emancipation, by Preston Jackson
Photo courtesy of Riverfront Recapture

A crisp fall day might be the perfect setting for a walk along Hartford’s riverfront and an exploration of Riverfront Recapture’s four connected parks, where sights include more than the city’s skyline and the calming movement of the Connecticut River. Sculptures—including a series of 16 works dedicated to Abraham Lincoln—dot the welcoming banks. Riverfront Recapture, the nonprofit that manages, maintains, and operates the parks and their riverwalks and trails, joined the Greater Hartford Arts Council in collaborating in 2005 with Lincoln Financial—which awarded a $500,000 grant—to create the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk. The final sculpture was installed in 2011, and in 2016, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin helped launch a mobile tour of the sculpture series that honors the country’s 16th president. For more information, please visit