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West Hartford History: Whose Home Was This?

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: Whose Home Was This? West Hartford History: Whose Home Was This?

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 "Who Was This Man?" and the image was probably one of many that the Noah Webster House has of this particular person since it's an image of Noah Webster.

Allison Jones was the first to comment, getting the correct answer and providing some interesting details. "I'm gonna say that's Noah Webster himself. My mom was a volunteer at the Noah Webster House for years and was friends with the woman whose private residence it was. She ended up putting it back in the hands of the town, but I was inside it as a child before it was restored, when it was her private residence," Allison wrote.

Tracey Wilson also answered correctly: "I agree that this is one of the many likenesses we have of Noah Webster. My parents also knew the Hamiltons who owned the Noah Webster House before it became a historical site in the early 1960s."

The official answer provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is: "Noah Webster, Jr. was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, on the 16th of October 1758. He was an American lexicographer, journalist, textbook author, and spelling reformer. He published the first truly American dictionary."

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