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Town of West Hartford

West Hartford prides itself on its attractiveness, customer service, safe neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, family-friendly attractions, walkable streets, shops and rich history. Find great ways to enjoy West Hartford here.

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West Hartford prides itself on its overall attractiveness, customer service, citizen involvement, rich history, safe neighborhoods, top-notch schools, family-friendly attractions, walkable streets, and its vibrant business districts that offer plenty of places to shop and dine.


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Facts about West Hartford

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1854

Named from:

  • Was known as the West Division of Hartford before its incorporation.


  • Hartford

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Noah Webster, author of the American dictionary
  • Sarah Whitman Hooker, a patriot during the American Revolution
  • Bristow, slave of Sarah Whitman and Thomas Hart Hooker, who bought his freedom
  • William Hall, a teacher, principal and superintendent of WH public schools
  • Oliver Butterworth, a noted children's author and educator
  • Charles M. Pond, railroad tycoon who donated his estate in memory of his wife Elizabeth
  • Reverend Dr. Wallace G. Fiske, a proponent of interfaith and inter-racial programs
  • Frederick B. Rentschler, created a radial air-cooled aircraft engine
  • Abraham J. Feldman, founder and editor of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger
  • Hilda Crosby Standish, crusader for birth control and lecturer on health issues for young girls
  • David T. Chase, real estate mogul, Forbes named him one of the 400 richest Americans
  • Francis Murphy, became publisher of the Hartford Times, and was instrumental in building Bradley International Airport
  • Bice Clemow, editor of West Hartford News, and spearheaded the founding of the University of Hartford
  • James Naughton, Conard High School grad and two-time Tony Award winner
  • John O'Hurley, best known as Peterman on Seinfeld
  • William Purtell, first West Hartford resident to serve in the U.S. Senate, founder of Holo-Krome Corp.
  • Mike Sherman, opened Rockledge Golf course in 1924
  • E. Clayton Gengras, self-made millionaire, philanthropist, chief executive of Gengras Motor Cars

Top Five Attractions:

  • Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
  • West Hartford Center & Blue Back Square
  • Noah Webster House & West Harford Historical Society
  • The Children's Museum of Connecticut
  • Playhouse on Park

Annual Special Events:

  • Martin Luther King Celebration, January
  • West Hartford's Cookin'!, March
  • Webster's War of the Words, April
  • Family Fishing Festival, May
  • Memorial Day Parade, May
  • Celebrate! West Hartford, June
  • Japan Summer Festival, June
  • Pride Day, June
  • Shakespeare Festival, July
  • Yoga on LaSalle, July
  • Center Streets bicycle event, August
  • Annual Pooch Plunge, August
  • ArtWalk Juried Community Arts Festival, September
  • Park Road Parade, October
  • Halloween Stroll, October
  • West Hartford Hauntings, October
  • Holiday Stroll, Thursday after Thanksgiving
  • Blue Back 5K Mitten Run, December
  • Fire on Ice Chanukah Celebration, December

Quality of town/city:

  • The town prides itself on its attractiveness, customer service, safe neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, family-friendly attractions, safe walkable streets and rich history.

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