Come to my talk at the West Hartford Public Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. I will also be signing copies of my books, A Guide to Historic Hartford and Vanished Downtown Hartford!
In today’s Hartford Courant there’s an article entitled “Revisiting Downtown Hartford’s Lost Architectural Treasures.” It features an interview with me and some of the historic pictures that can be found in my book, Vanished Downtown Hartford! You can also read the article online and check out additional content, such as an interactive view of Main Street in the 1860s compared to today and many other Before and After pictures of Hartford! Also you can read about how the pictures were taken at the Courant Photography Blog! There’s even a video of me! And on top of all of that, I’m also quoted in the latest Hartford Magazine as part of a series of articles on Hartford’s past, present and future!
You can purchased Vanished Downtown Hartford locally at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center shop in Hartford, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum shop in Wethersfield and local Barnes & Noble stores. Also online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble! And don’t forget to pick up my last book, A Guide to Historic Hartford, Connecticut too!
This was an April Fools Day post.
The Mark Twain House in Hartford, long a Connecticut landmark, is to be moved to Orlando, Florida where it will form part of a new amusement park dedicated to Mark Twain and his famous characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. “We were initially approached to provide plans for building a replica of the house at the theme park,” said a spokesperson for the Mark Twain House and Museum, “but financial difficulties have required that we offer the entire house itself and all its furnishings.” This summer the house will be dismantled in sections, which will then be reassembled in Orlando early next year. The theme park will open in 2014. The current Mark Twain Museum building in Hartford will be converted into a rehabilitation facility for delinquent youths.
Today marks the Fourth anniversary of the start of this website! So far there are 1464 posts on a lot of different buildings, but there are still many important ones I haven’t taken pictures of yet. I hope to get to them, but it takes time (and the gas is so expensive!) And there are many towns and cities I haven’t even covered yet. Working from the center of Connecticut, it does take more effort to get out to the edges, but I want to do more in Windham County to the northeast, Litchfield County to the northwest and Fairfield County to the southwest. Of course, there are still tons of buildings I could do just in the greater Hartford area! I also have a Massachusetts building blog, but it only gets updated every once in while, so I need to add more buildings to that as well, if I can get up there more often.
Starting on year four the only major change I can think of is to drop the “The” which preceeds house names (like “The Joseph Webb House”), which seems redundant. So, thank you everyone who follows this blog (and also follows me on Facebook and Twitter!)! I plan to have more buildings to share, so please keep visiting here!