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“Loved the history”
Review of Noah Webster House

Noah Webster House
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Owner description: Birthplace of the author of the Webster dictionary.
Texas
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101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Loved the history”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

This was a midpoint stop in our drive to our next hotel and let me say, well worth the time. We called ahead because we were going to be a little late and they stayed open 20 min late just for us! The docents were very friendly and knowledgeable! It is very small (about a 30min tour) but was perfect for what we wanted.

Visited June 2012
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English first
Prospect, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“The Noah Webster House and the Origins of Webster's New World Dictionary”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

The Noah Webster House is located in West Hartford less than a minute from the off-ramp of the highway. This is the historic birthplace of Noah Webster for whom the Webster's New World Dictionary is named. He was born in this house in the year 1758, and was a sixth-generation Yankee from a prominent New England family. He attended Yale at the age of 16. Webster is most notably known for publishing "An American Dictionary" in 1828 with 70,000 words. He first published a brief, unfinished version of his dictionary in 1806. Before Webster's dictionary, there were no codified spellings of English words, and many words were corrupted by British aristocracy.
The Noah Webster House offers visitors 45 minute tours of the early Noah Webster homestead. Before the tour, make sure to take a step inside the our 19th-century schoolhouse theater, which is located in the foyer. Vistors can watch a short 12 minute film about Noah Webster here from a seat in a 19th-century style school desk. There are also interactive hands-on exhibits for both kids and adults at the museum.
Any Anglophile interested in the English language or early American history, will really find 60-90 minute tour of this museum very interesting.

Visited February 2012
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Bristol, Connecticut
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60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great historic landmark”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Noah Webster House has added a wonderful building to accommodate larger groups. The original home has been preserved for a marvelous historical educational experience!

Visited February 2012
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Walpole, New Hampshire
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not much there”
Reviewed 15 December 2011

The Noah Webster House is one of the few historical attractions in West Hartford. Unfortunately, there isn't much there from a tourist point of view. They have a couple of people in period costume carding wool and baking bread. Their gift shop has the usual 18th and 19th century wooden toys and fake documents.
It is a repository for certain local historical documents, so if you are a researcher there is more there for you. If you are a casual tourist, I would recommend skipping this one.

Visited June 2011
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Windsor, CT
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331 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Part of who you are.”
Reviewed 19 November 2011

Great exhibits. Get in touch with a great American who influenced you.

Visited November 2011
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