Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this ‘Thursday Throwback,’ courtesy of the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.
By Ronni Newton
“Throwback Thursday” (#tbt) has become a popular feature on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. It’s so much fun to see the images of our friends back in their elementary school days, photos of babies who are now in college, unfortunate fashion choices from the ’80s, and much more.
We-Ha.com takes its own historical look back at the town with “Thursday Throwback.” We will feature images of people, places, and events in West Hartford, and we’d love to have your feedback.
Last week we took a little break from featuring long-ago throwback images to recall the October snowstorm that happened exactly three years earlier. Much of West Hartford’s outward appearance bounced back so quickly from that event (although not without Herculean effort on the part of Public Works and residents, and funding from FEMA), but Thowback Thursday is a great time to look back and remember, as many of you did.
Two weeks ago, we featured a photo of a group of buildings and asked for your comments. Astute history buff Rick Liftig did not hesitate in correctly identifying those structures with the following comment:
“It will be a pleasure to be the first on this one. This is the Goodwin Pottery factory in Elmwood, probably mid 1800’s. The view is looking towards the Southeast from New Britain Avenue, probably from the area around Sheehan’s Funeral Home. Several of those buildings are still in existence in use by Abbott Ball. The area around the Trout Brook (and throughout the town) had an abundance of high quality clay which was used both in earthenware (Goodwin’s Pottery) and brickmaking. I have always wondered if native American clay artifacts are waiting to be discovered somewhere along the banks of the Trout Brook.”
Rick’s response was complimented by another local history buff, Mike Margolis, with the following response: “Nice one Rick. We live in a 250 year old West Hartford home, and our gardens are lined with bricks that say KANE from the Michael Kane Brick Co on Kane St (where else?) I guess the clay soil in the southeast part of town was great stuff!”
This week’s photo has some color to it. Do you know where this is?
Please add your comments below about the featured photo, and we will publish the answers along with next Thursday’s image.
Thank you to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society for providing us with the images. For more information about the organization, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.
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