WEST HARTFORD — The public is invited to explore West Hartford geography and view stunning hand drawn maps of the region at a discussion Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 S. Main St., West Hartford.

Like cartographers of old, Finn Ashworth, a recent graduate of Conard High School, painstakingly hand drew a complex map of the center region of West Hartford from Fern Street to Sedgwick Road and from Mountain Road to Raymond Road. Finn is inspired by the huge complex patterns you can see in maps. Join us to see his beautiful color work which is approximately 4 feet by 4 feet and includes information on the dates of construction of each home and building in this area.

Dr. Tracey Wilson, West Hartford Town Historian and Finn’s former teacher, will briefly review the development and population growth of West Hartford that transformed a small farming region into the largest suburb in New England. A discussion with Dr. Wilson and Finn will follow exploring the evolution of the town center. Come and learn about the oldest surviving house in the area, which homes were physically moved once (and sometimes twice), and what the map can show about waves of population growth.

Additional maps by Finn will be on display, and you are invited to bring your questions.

The event will take place at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford. It is free and open to the public. Please consider a $5 donation to support this and future museum programs.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author, and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for the history of West Hartford, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call 860-521-5362.

Connecticut Media Group