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Town of Wethersfield

We invite you to come to Wethersfield and visit Connecticut’s “Most Auncient Towne.” Wethersfield is deeply devoted to preserving our authentic New England heritage, now over 375 years in the making. Heritage tourism is an important component of the community’s identity. We think you’ll find that Historic Wethersfield has many things to offer... Read More

We invite you to come to Wethersfield and visit Connecticut’s “Most Auncient Towne.” Wethersfield is deeply devoted to preserving our authentic New England heritage, now over 375 years in the making. Heritage tourism is an important component of the community’s identity. We think you’ll find that Historic Wethersfield has many things to offer visitors from an extended weekend getaway to a pleasant day trip. Visitors to Wethersfield can rediscover our nation’s heritage in an authentic, living New England village whose artifact-rich museums, historic homes, shops and places of interest offer experiences for all ages.

 

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Facts about Wethersfield

Town established:

  • Incorporated in 1634.

Named from:

  • Named from Wethersfield in Essex, England. Indian name, "Pyquag."

County:

  • Hartford

Notable citizens:

  • Elizabeth Canning (1734-1773), English maid notoriously exiled for perjury.
  • Silas Deane (1737-1789), first American dipomat.
  • Chris Murphy, United State Senator.
  • John Oldham (1592-1636), original settler.
  • Christopher Shinn, playwright.
  • Thomas Welles (1590-1660), Governor of Connecticut Colony.
     

Top Five Attractions:

  • Ancient Burying Grounds.
  • Buttolph-Williams House.
  • Heritage Walk.
  • Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
  • Wethersfield Historical Society.

Top Visitors Events:

  • Taste of Wethersfield, April.
  • Heritage Weekend (Colonial encampments), May.
  • Heritage Weekend, May.
  • Fireworks, June.
  • Corn Fest. September.
  • Craft Fair, October.
  • Scarecrows Along Main Street, October.
  • Hoildays on Main, December.

Quality of town:

  • Wethersfield, founded in 1633–34, has its niche in history, being "Ye Most Ancient Towne" in Connecticut, as set out by the Code of 1650 — "Colonial Records of Connecticut." Here in May 1781, at the Webb House on Main Street, Washington and Rochambeau planned the battle of Yorktown, which culminated in the independence of the then rebellious colonies. Over one hundred fifty of our old, beautiful and distinctive Colonial homes stand as a symbol of the rich heritage which has been Wethersfield's since the early days of its founding more than 375 years ago.

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