Noank, Connecticut: Wrong Site of Amelia Earhart's Secret Wedding

Where, exactly was Amelia Earhart secretly married in 1931? Two buildings in Noank claim to be the spot, one even has a plaque, and both are wrong.
Address:
108 Main St., Noank, CT
Directions:
The wrong site plaque is on the Latham Chester Store Museum, which is the easternmost building on the south side of Main St. before you hit the bay. The actual marriage spot is a battered-looking square house on the west side of Church St., midway between Front St. and Cedar Lane. No plaque there.
Hours:
Museum open summer W-Su 1-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
860-536-3021
Admission:
Free
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Wrong Site of Amelia Earhart's Secret Wedding

In 1931 Amelia Earhart was married secretly to preserve her image as an independent woman, and in a secret location to throw reporters off the trail. A commemorative plaque on the Latham Chester Store Museum (now an art gallery) in Noank claims that it is the spot. It isn't.

She was actually married at a square house owned by her great grandfather at 45 Church St., a few blocks away. Adding to the confusion, some sources suggest that she was married in a mansion a few houses away from the square house, at 25 Church St., but the woman at the historical society told us this was a real estate agent's marketing ploy to add value to the mansion.

In any event, the square house is the dumpiest house in Noank, as the woman at the historical society pointed out.

[Bill LaCivita, 08/13/2015]

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