Join us for the following tours. All tours are $5; free to members. Reservations recommended. In the event of rain, tours are cancelled.
Burying Ground Tours with Martha Smart
Learn about gravestone carvers and customs, as well as stories of some of the people buried there. Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot.
Thursdays, June 21, September 6, October 11 at 1:00 pm
Saturdays, June 23, September 8, October 13 at 10:00 am
Walk Around Old Wethersfield with Dorene Ciarcia
Walk around Old Wethersfield learning about the architecture and the people who lived there long ago. Meet in front of the Keeney Center.
July 5, September 13 at 6:00 pm
July 7, September 15 at 10:00 am
Keeney Koolers Free Concert Series
This year’s free outdoor concerts will be held on the front lawn of the Keeney Center and will be Tuesday evenings July 10, 17 and 24 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Our summer concerts are free and attendees may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and food and drink to enjoy. If it rains the concerts will move inside the Keeney Center. Participate in our children’s activities from 5:30-6:30.
Tuesday, July 10: Tirebiter kicks off our 2018 Keeney Koolers concert series.
Tuesday, July 17: Back by popular demand, Number Nine returns to our 2018 Keeney Koolers concert series with their popular interpretations of Beatles music. Dress up in your best hippy outfit for our flower power costume contest!
Tuesday, July 24: Latanya Farrell The “Queen of summer concerts” joins Keeney Koolers with her powerful vocals and musical energy, this will be a performance you don’t want to miss.
Keeney Koolers Summer Concerts are supported by the Robert Allen Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Holiday’s of Wethersfield’s World Exhibit
New Exhibit: July 10, 2018- August 10, 2018
Join Wethersfield’s People Empowering People and Wethersfield Historical Society for an exhibit celebrating Wethersfield’s diversity. The exhibit opens Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 pm. The exhibit is a partnership with local families to share how they celebrate holidays from around the world in Wethersfield. Join the table at these celebrations by exploring what a traditional table setup would look like at each holiday. Extend the experience into your home by trying the recipes provided by the families or adding their music to your playlist. There will also be children’s coloring pages that tie into the exhibit. We look forward to seeing you! #wethhistholidays
Wethersfield’s Kevin the Turkey: Photos by George Savic
New Exhibit: February 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
The young male turkey nicknamed “Kevin” made the center of the Old Wethersfield village home in the summer and fall of 2017, capturing the hearts and attention of many Wethersfield residents and visitors alike. His admirers delighted in his antics, which included stubbornly standing in the road, pecking at cars and chasing mail trucks (and sometimes mail carriers).
A Facebook group “Fans of the Wethersfield Turkey” created by local resident Gina Brennan gained over 5,700 members, and Kevin’s story was covered by all major local news outlets, as well as the Associated Press and NPR. Local photographer George Savic kept fans entertained on social media with his daily photos of Kevin. Books and calendars with Savic’s Kevin photos, as well as coffee mugs, t-shirts and other Kevin memorabilia were sold at the local Old Wethersfield Country Store. Kevin was relocated by the CT DEEP to a state forest in Litchfield County in early December when he began to range onto busy CT Route 15, posing a significant danger to himself and others.
As part of its mission to preserve and promote Wethersfield’s history and culture, the historical society has mounted this small exhibit of Savic’s photos in response to interest from the community and to help record this small slice of the town’s 400 year history. The exhibit includes George Savic’s photos, and a life-sized photo cutout of Kevin the Turkey created by Oldham Studios. The exhibit is paired with a food drive to help replenish the shelves at the Wethersfield Food Pantry. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food when they come to see the exhibit.