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
5th ANNUAL WETHERSFIELD HERITAGE WEEKEND
Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018
Take a step back in time with the Town of Wethersfield at the annual Heritage Weekend. Wethersfield Historical Society will take part in the celebration of Wethersfield’s rich history and culture as part of the Town of Wethersfield’s Heritage Weekend, a collaborative event celebrating Memorial Day with the Town of Wethersfield, Wethersfield Historical Society, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre.
Saturday, May 26 will begin with the Town of Wethersfield’s annual Memorial Day parade through Old Wethersfield. It will pass Wethersfield Historical Society’s Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street where from 9am-4pm, Wethersfield’s own Second Continental Light Dragoons, Sheldon’s Horse will be on hand along with Revolutionary War cannons, foot soldiers, crafters and maritime reenactors from the Crew of the Raven to celebrate Wethersfield’s history. The Keeney Center will be open 10am–4pm on Saturday and 1pm–4pm on Sunday with our award winning exhibit Castle on the Cove: the Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield and our newest exhibit, Wethersfield’s Kevin the Turkey: Photos by George Savic. The Hurlbut-Dunham House will open for its summer season with special early hours from 10am–4pm on Saturday, and the Cove Warehouse Maritime
Museum at Cove Park will be open 1pm – 4pm. Both museums will be open from 1pm–4pm on Sunday, and on weekends throughout the summer. Regular admission to all of our museums is absolutely free, so come out and celebrate your community’s heritage! For more information, contact Wethersfield Historical Society at 860-529-7656.
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Connecticut Open House Day
Connecticut Open House Day at Wethersfield Historical Society, Saturday, June 9
In conjunction with the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s 14th annual Connecticut Open House Day, the Hurlbut-Dunham House, located at 212 Main Street, and the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum, located at 533 Main Street, will open early on Saturday, June 9 at 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The Hurlbut-Dunham house was built in the 1790s and remodeled in the 1860s. It is shown as the early 20th century home of Howard and Jane Robbins Dunham. The Cove Warehouse sits at the foot of Main Street in Cove Park. Built in the 17th century, it was once one of six warehouses that served Wethersfield’s bustling maritime trade.
The Captain James Francis House, open to the public only for this event, located at 120 Hartford Avenue, will also be open from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. This home was built in 1793 and was home to the descendants of militia officer and master builder James Francis for over one hundred seventy-five years.
The Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, will be open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Current exhibits are the award winning Castle on the Cove: The Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield; Legendary People, Ordinary Lives, also an award winning exhibit about Wethersfield’s history, and our newest exhibit, Wethersfield’s Kevin the Turkey: Photos by George Savic. The first one hundred visitors will receive a coupon for ten percent off in the society’s gift shop.
Admission is free at all Wethersfield Historical Society properties.
This one day state-wide event is designed to offer opportunities for visitors to experience all Connecticut has to offer in the world of history, art, and tourism.
For more information about the society’s properties, school programs, events or to rent the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center for your next event, visit www.wethersfieldhistory.org, call 860.529.7656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WethersfieldHistory.
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.
New Exhibit: February 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Wethersfield’s Kevin the Turkey: Photos by George Savic
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.