West Hartford History: Where Did This Take Place?

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

Monday was Labor Day, and this West Hartford history column has been delayed one day from it regular schedule.

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?" and it featured a snowy downtown scene. There was only one guess, and we hope that the limited response was either due to everyone enjoying the last week of summer vacation, or a protest against seeing such a wintry image before Labor Day.

Thankfully, the lone commenter, Jeff Murray, was absolutely right with his guess. "Seeing as this was the first real 'historical' picture of West Hartford I was really exposed to, I feel I just have to comment. It's Farmington Avenue in the 1890s, looking west just off of the intersection of South Main and Farmington Ave. One of the buildings on the right would eventually become the Central," Murray wrote.

His answer was even more detailed than that provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society which is: "This is an early view of Farmington Avenue looking west towards the intersection of Main Street."

amystery726 September 04, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Raymond Road/Isham Road area where Blue Back now is and near where the Celebrate! race starts now.
Patti Sheehan Albee September 04, 2012 at 12:01 PM
that looks like the old Grody Building (car dealership) on Raymond Road
Richard Patrissi September 04, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Bob Newman the owner of Williams Ford on Raymond Road would be pleased to see his building and the the road race activity has been captured and preserved for history. Richard P.
Don Reder September 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Yes, Newman Ford is on the right and the two story brick building in the background was the W.A. Murrary building where my first office was located on the second floor after I got out of the Army in 1970. The plumbing firm Washburn & Murray was on the first floor of that building and, not seen in the picture, further towards Farmington Avenue is the building that used to house what I think was West Hartford Pizza and a smaller West Side Wines, which was owned by Nick who, with his trusty sidekick "Cook" made the best pizza around. This was all part of the Labor Day Fair held at the American Legion hall (now relocated as part of the Blue Back Square development) where we all went as the official conclusion of our summer and the transition to the school year.
Lisa Petersen September 04, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Williams Ford on Raymond Road. My parents bought all their cars there and the good thing was they could leave the car for service and then walk home.


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