Noah Webster House

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Noah Webster Birthplace
Noah Webster House (West Hartford, CT) - front facade.jpg
Noah Webster House is located in Connecticut
Noah Webster House
Noah Webster House is located in the US
Noah Webster House
Location 227 South Main St., West Hartford, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°44′46.27″N 72°44′47.4″W / 41.7461861°N 72.746500°W / 41.7461861; -72.746500Coordinates: 41°44′46.27″N 72°44′47.4″W / 41.7461861°N 72.746500°W / 41.7461861; -72.746500
Built 1758
NRHP Reference # 66000886
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 29, 1962[2]

The Noah Webster House is a historic house museum located at 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut. It was the home of American lexicographer Noah Webster (1758-1853), and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.[2][3]

Description and history[edit]

The main portion of the Webster House is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, three bays wide, with a large central chimney and center entrance. It was probably built sometime in the first half of the 18th century, as part of a 120-acre (49 ha) farm, and is a typical frame residence of that era. A single-story brick addition was added to the house at an early date, probably to house a kitchen, and a wood frame ell was also eventually added to the rear. A modern museum addition, roughly in the shape of a barn, was added in the 1970s after the property was rehabilitated and prepared for use as a museum.[3]

In 1758 the house was the birthplace of Noah Webster. His father mortgaged the farm, including this farmhouse, for Noah to attend Yale College. Webster returned to the house after graduation, and was engaged as a teacher at local schools. His interest in lexicography prompted a series of publications, beginning with a spelling book in 1783 and culminating in the publication in 1828 of his Dictionary of the American Language, which sold millions of copies during his lifetime, and laid down basic principles for dictionaries and spelling books that are still used today.[3]

The house was continuously occupied as a private residence until 1962, when it was given to the town. In 1966 it opened as a museum. It currently contains several items with Webster associations, including early editions of the Dictionary of the American Language and Blue-backed Spellers, as well as china, glassware, a desk, and two clocks that Webster owned as an adult.

The house also serves as the headquarters of the West Hartford Historical Society.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Noah Webster Birthplace". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Blanche Higgins Schroer (January 6, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Noah Webster Birthplace" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 5 photos, exterior, from 1967 and 1974. (2.71 MB)

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