The Wethersfield Meteorites

by Jim Meehan “We’ll  take the house. Honey, the chances of another plane hitting this house are astronomical. It’s been pre-disastered. We’re going to be safe here.”  Such was the logic of T.S. Garp in the John Irving novel, “The World According to Garp” immediately after a single-engine prop plane crashed into the side of […]

About the Author: Danielle Johnson

Danielle is currently a graduate student at Central Connecticut State University and will graduate in May 2012 with a Master’s degree in Public History. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Along with her academics, Danielle was a collections intern at Wethersfield Historical Society, while and undergrad, and […]

Reverend and Colonel Elisha Williams

The following article, written by John C Willard, is from the archives of Wethersfield Historical Society. This may seem like a strange title, but a Wethersfield resident was both a minister of the church and a military man, as well as being selected as Rector (President) of Yale College.  At one time he had more […]

About the Author: Melissa Josefiak

Melissa Josefiak served as the Assistant Director of Wethersfield Historical Society for several years, stepping back from full-time work to raise her daughter and continue with smaller-scale projects in the museum field.  She recently completed three consecutive terms on the Board of the Connecticut League of History Organizations and presently serves as the Exhibitions Review […]

Sophia Woodhouse's Grass Bonnets

Inventor and businesswoman, Wethersfield’s Sophia Woodhouse (1799-1883) was one of the first female entrepreneurs of the Greater Hartford area. Plying her trade during the early 19th century, Sophia developed an innovative technique for treating, drying, and braiding spear grass to make high quality bonnets. She patented her design in 1821 and quickly developed a cottage […]