West Hartford History: What Is Happening in This Image?

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 "What Street Is This?" Kyle, who said he really likes these old photos, used clues he found in the image to try to determine where it was. "I don't know where this one was taken, but there seem to be some clues to work with. First, the very flat topography, which narrows the possible location within West Hartford considerably. It also looks like the street we're looking down ends at an intersection at the center of the photo – there appear to be two houses that would prevent the street from continuing."

Phil Cohen provided the straightforward answer: "South Quaker."

Phil, you're right. The official answer from the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is: "This view is of South Quaker Lane looking south towards the Boulevard. Laid out in 1774, Quaker Lane was so named because it led parishioners through the fields to the first Quaker Meeting House."

Rick Liftig February 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Dare I guess this is a school bus from 1890? Where's the folding stop sign?
Dave Gabriele February 25, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Rick I think your right... I think the building was located at the present corner of Raymond and Memorial... Was this West Hartford High School or the first Hall High if it's the same building in its later years it was known as the Rutherford Building ..and it was the Town Hall Annex when Town Hall was still in the building now occupied by Flemings
Rick Liftig February 25, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I'm pretty sure it was the Rutherford too, Dave. Boy, those rich West Hartford kids actually had a school bus in 1890! The rest of the world had to walk seven miles in snow!
robars76 February 25, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Whitman School?


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