West Hartford History: For What Event Was This Stage Built?

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

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 Store Located?" and surprisingly it stumped everyone.

"Perhaps, South Quaker Lane and Park Road... a long time ago," commented Agatha Monahan. Karen Winick agreed.

The "a long time ago part" was correct, but the store in this image was actually located right in West Hartford Center, at the intersection of South Main St. and Farmington Ave. – the spot currently occupied by Brueggers's Bagels.

The official answer from the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is: "Allen Judd opened the first drug store in West Hartford Center in 1899. It was located on the southwest corner of Farmington Avenue and South Main Street. The store sold everything from drugs to candy and stationary. It closed in November 1926."

Rick Liftig January 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM
This is a tough one. That's a very large stage in front of old Hall High School! The photos are in color and the girls are wearing 1950's style dresses. So the goto answer here is "West Hartford's 1954 Bicentennial" That's my guess.
Jeff Murray January 14, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Could also be a 1976 bicentennial celebration for the country itself, but I'm not sure if the town would have even done anything.
R.C. Pond January 14, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I'm pretty sure it is The old Hall but I believe it is in the rear of building maybe Southeast corner


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