Announcing the new Collectible 2020 Holiday Ornament! We’re starting a new tradition: every year, the Noah Webster House will release a collectible glass ornament that represents an aspect of the West Hartford community.
In the inaugural year of this new tradition, the museum presents the 2020 design: a vintage image of Noah Webster’s birthplace once used in a holiday greeting card by the Hamilton family who lived in the house from 1909 until 1962.
The 2020 Holiday Ornament makes the perfect gift for friends, family, and neighbors (or for your own tree!) and comes beautifully packaged. The ornament is printed on glass and produced locally. The cost is $20 – all proceeds to benefit the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.
Guarantee your ornament by purchasing now online. Pick up is available in the museum shop daily from 1-4 p.m. or we can ship to you for a flat rate of $5 per ornament.
About the ornament:
Noah Webster was born in this simple salt box house in the West Division of Hartford on October 18, 1758. The original four-room house was likely built by Noah’s grandfather in 1720, with the lean-to added in 1787. Members of the Webster family lived here until 1790, when Noah’s father sold the house. In 1909, H.A. Hamilton purchased the house and the surrounding land. The Hamilton family donated the home to the Town of West Hartford in 1962 and our foundation, Noah Webster House, Inc., was created to restore the house and open it to the public as a museum. Today, the restored 18th-century house serves as a place for visitors to learn about Noah Webster, the founding father and creator of the first American dictionary and the “Blue-Backed Speller.” The image depicted on the ornament is from a holiday card that was created by the Hamilton family in the 1930s, in the collection of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.