Hertford’s American Connections




The Tour / Experience

For a small town, Hertford has a surprisingly large number of connections with America – more so than some of its bigger neighbours. The compact historic town centre makes it ideal for a 120 minutes walking tour.

We will visit the Quaker Meeting House that is celebrated its 350th Anniversary in 2020 which is the oldest meeting house in continuous use in the country.  You will hear about their early struggles as they were often prosecuted simply for being Quakers.

Early settlement of America was promoted by the Virginian company and the Salisbury Arms, a medieval inn that was owned by Nicholas Farrar, a London merchant who was born in Hertford and a member of the Virginia Company.

See medieval castle ruins, which have connections with the radical John Wilkes and learn about Samuel Stone, co-founder of Hartford in Connecticut who was born and educated in Hertford, Hertfordshire.  He was one of the many people who left these shores as part of “The Great Migration”, following the examples of the Mayflower pilgrims seeking religious freedom.

Two American presidents can trace part of their ancestry back to two mayors of Hertford from the Elizabethan age.  The home of one of these mayors still stands and it may be possible to visit this house, which is now a private members club.

Tour lasts 2 hours and will follow the government guidelines on social distancing.


The Highlights: 

  • The Quaker Meeting House
  • Site of Samuel Stone birthplace and statue
  • Castle Moat House, Castle Gatehouse and Castle Walls
  • Hertford Museum (closed Mondays and some Sundays)
  • Hertford Club (Lombard House) – subject to availability


Tour Details:

Start: Pick up or meeting location, distance from train station of Salisbury Square or Hertford

End: St Andrew’s Church


Contact Details:

Email: info@hertsbesttours.co.uk

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About the guide

Name: Elizabeth Eastwood

Qualifications: East of England

Languages: English