"The history of West Hartford really began in 1636. In the company of one hundred people who came in that year through the wilderness from Massachusetts, under the leadership of Rev. Thomas Hooker and Rev. Samuel Stone, to form a new settlement, were some who soon after became residents of the West Division (now West Hartford) and others who descendants later became citizens here. The territory purchased of the Indians embraced the larger part of what is now West Hartford. The spirit of true patriotic citizenship which characterized Rev. Thomas Hooker and his followers has been manifested by our people through all the years of our history."