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West Hartford History: Where Was This Church Located?

Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this photo from the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

West Hartford History: Where Was This Church Located? West Hartford History: Where Was This Church Located?

If you think you know the answer or have a special memory related to the photo, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Monday, along with a new historical photo. The image has been provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. For more information on the museum's collection and programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

Last week's question was "Where Was This Business Located?" We could have also asked what type of business was shown in the image.

"Seems to me that I've read about a mill on the corner of Trout Brook and Farmington Ave but I'm not sure if that was a grist mill or a lumber mill. It would make sense though that this would be on a "river" and that was probably Trout Brook," commented Lisa Petersen.

"If this is the mill on the corner of Trout Brook and Farmington as Lisa suggested, it would be the Trout Brook Ice and Feed Company. I've seen pictures of the conveyor belts which carried the blocks of ice. It closed in the late 1920s with the coming of refrigeration," wrote Tracey Wilson.

And although Rick Liftig had another good guess with his comment that the buildings look a lot like Westmoor Park, it was Betty Hoffman who had the correct answer. "I think this is Frank Strong's blacksmith, wagon and wheel shop on Albany Avenue near the intersection of Flagg Road in Bishops Corner," she commented.

The official answer from the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is: "This carriage, woodworking, and blacksmith shop located in Bishops Corner during the late 1800s was owned by Frank Strong."

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