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: September 6, October 11 at 1:00 pm
Saturdays: 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.
Thursday: September 13 at 6:00 pm
Saturday: September 15 at 10:00 am
Exhibit Opening September 13! Paintings by Ron Abbe
Wethersfield Historical Society is excited to announce the exhibit opening of Ron Abbe’s paintings Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 pm at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street. Light refreshments will be served.
As a child, Mr. Abbe lived in Wethersfield and had an interest in nature. After his graduation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he lived in a remote ancestral home in Warehouse Point, CT where he could read, paint and be surrounded by nature. Mr. Abbe’s most recent work is of the Connecticut landscape. He also paints scenes and historic homes of Old Wethersfield.
Mr. Abbe’s work will be available for purchase in the society’s gift shop at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center during the exhibit opening, as well as during the Keeney Center’s regular hours of Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am -4:00 pm and Sundays 1:00-4:00 pm. The exhibit will be on view through November 13, 2018.
Wethersfield Historical Society will be hosting Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018 in beautiful Old Wethersfield. Hour long tours begin at 6:30pm and will leave every 15 minutes until 8 pm. Timed tickets are sold prior to the event, with remaining tickets at the door; however, tickets sell out early and group sizes are limited, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the Old Academy (150 Main Street) Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm or here on the society’s website beginning September 19. Tours are appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $20 per person. Rain date is Sunday, October 21.
This year’s theme with all new characters is “Business People of Wethersfield.” The tours will showcase a variety of people from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, some well known, and some not so well known, who helped build our community with their businesses. There are fascinating stories to tell, so don’t miss this year’s tour! The evening begins and ends at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street with hot cider and cookies.
This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, ShopRite of Manchester and East Hartford and members of Wethersfield Historical Society. For more information about the Lantern Light Tours, please contact us at 860.529.7656 or email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Holidays 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.