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Who Was This Man?

A peek into 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 "Who Are These Women?" This was a tough one, and there were only two guesses. Rick Liftig guessed they were founding members of the Sarah Whitman Hooker chapter of the DAR.

However, Jeff Murray, who guessed that they were the Beach family women, was correct. He added the following details: "They lived in a house on top of Vine Hill Farm, which Beachland Park is now a part of. The farm included South Quaker Lane all the way to South Main until the Beach family deeded some of the land to the town in around 1932 for the park. Now, the home still stands in its restored shape on Brightwood Lane and can be seen from street level on South Main where the entrance to Brightwood is."

According to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, "Charles Beach built one of the leading dairy farms in town, Vine Hill Farm. The lower part of the farm is now Beachland Park. This photograph shows the Beach sisters gathering on the porch of the family house."

bob nolte June 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
The Leatherman? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherman_(vagabond)

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