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West Hartford Hauntings

October 21, 22, 28, & 29

By the light of flickering lanterns, guests will experience true and haunting stories of West Hartford's past. Each 45-minute tour travels through the rows of gravestones at West Hartford's North Cemetery with a dearly-departed guide from the past.
The lantern-lit tours take place on Fridays and Saturdays, October 20, 21, 27 & 28 at the Old North Cemetery, 80 North Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45 p.m and run for 45 minutes. Guests are escorted through the graves by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey.
This year’s guide is Mrs. Mary Bissell, whose story will be revealed betwixt the graves. Other past West Hartford residents will be introduced along the way, including a man whose murder remains a mystery, a grave-digger and his family, and a woman who accidentally set fire to her own home.
This community production includes local volunteer actors and students from Conard and Hall High Schools, and King Philip and Sedgwick Middle Schools. “We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers for this production,” Executive Director Jennifer Matos said. “The cast has been rehearsing twice a week in the cemetery at night. They are absolutely committed to putting on a good show."

Hidden History Bus Tour

November 5, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer a "Hidden History" bus tour of West Hartford on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This tour will focus on West Hartford history north of Farmington Avenue and will be led by Jennifer DiCola Matos, Executive Director of the museum.

The museum offered a similar tour in 2016, covering areas south of Farmington Ave., and in 2015, covering the entire town. "When we first offered the Hidden History bus tour, we tried to go through the whole town," Matos said. The result was a two-and-a-half-hour tour that felt rushed. "We can get into more detail and go at a more leisurely pace by splitting the town into two sections: north and south of Farmington Ave."

The tour will point out sites of significance that have largely been forgotten over the years, as well as places that are no more. Did you know that West Hartford once had its own Vanderbilt mansion (torn down in 1919)? Ever wonder where Still Road got its name? Would you be surprised to learn that Thomas Jefferson is buried in West Hartford? (This Jefferson was a horse.) Matos will point out long-forgotten historical sites in town, like a Revolutionary War encampment site, the route taken by the Unionville-Hartford trolley, the area settled by the first West Hartford resident (Stephen Hosmer in 1679), the first post office, former farms, and more!

The History Drives Us bus tour will depart from the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107, on Sunday, November 5, 2016 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person ($20 for museum members) and can be purchased atnoahwebster.yapsody.com. Space is extremely limited. Attendees will receive a photo packet that shows past landscapes and buildings.

West Hartford House Tour 2017

November 12, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for the West Hartford House Tour on Sunday, November 12 from 12-4 pm.

The neighborhood chosen for this year's tour is Farmington Ave. west of the Center. Visitors have the opportunity to view the interiors of some of the area's most historically and architecturally significant homes.

The private homes on the tour feature a variety of Colonial Revival and Shingle styles and range in date from 1893 (the oldest) to 1920 (the newest.)

Visitors will have the rare chance to view the interior of each beautiful home and gain a unique historical perspective on the history of the neighborhood.

Houses include:

1077 Farmington Avenue, 1893.

1087 Farmington Avenue, 1908.

1110 Farmington Avenue, 1912.

1156 Farmington Avenue, 1920.

1159 Farmington Avenue, 1919.

You may start the tour at any house and proceed at your own pace, in any order.

$30; $25 for museum members and $35 at the door.

Ages: This event is for adults and high school age children.

Rain or shine.

Please check back for information on the reception to follow the tour.


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West Hartford History Series

A monthly series of lectures and discussions about.. what else? West Hartford's exciting history!

West Hartford Hauntings

West Hartford Hauntings is a theatrical lantern-lit tour of West Hartford's historic North Cemetery.

Tavern Night

Tavern Night is one of the museum's most popular adult programs!

Kids' Events

Special events just for kids!

Conversations: A Community Forum

Twice a year, join us to discuss a timely topic.

Gingerbread Day

Kids and adults alike can create their own miniature masterpiece out of fresh-baked gingerbread, icing, and candy.