Walking into Old Campus through Phelp’s Gate, the tour will explore the richness of Yale’s history, starting with Connecticut Hall. Built in 1750, this is the oldest building on Yale’s campus. It was one of eight Georgian style buildings that lined Old Campus in two rows of four, known as Old Brick Row. The tour takes you inside this National Historic Landmark building. The statue of Nathan Hale in front of Connecticut Hall tells the story of his heroic patriotism and sacrifice during the American Revolution. Across the courtyard, stands the statue of Theodore Dwight Woolsey, Yale President from 1846-1871. He is known most fondly to students for the good luck he brings by rubbing his shoe. Behind President Woolsey is Dwight Chapel, the first Gothic style building on campus, initially used as a library. It now serves as an umbrella organization for community service and social justice programs at Yale.
The tour will begin at Phelps Gate, 344 College Street.