About the Author: June Cooke

June Cooke was born in South Windsor, Connecticut.  She lived there and was a member of the South Windsor Historical Society until her marriage to David Cooke, when she moved to Rocky Hill. After retirement, she joined the Rocky Hill Historical Society as a life member. June Cooke was founder of “The Friends of the […]

Dividend – Rocky Hill's First Industrial Complex

Introduction Wethersfield, Connecticut was settled in 1634 at which time the land areas of Rocky Hill, Newington and Glastonbury were part of the original Wethersfield settlement. The southern or lower end of Wethersfield was first known as Stepney Parish; later it was named Rocky Hill, probably due to the high basalt ridge that is predominant […]

Lt. Jonathan Church, A Wethersfield Marine

One of Wethersfield’s favorite sons quietly returned to town recently. Lt. Jonathan Church represented the United States as one of its first Marines in the closing years of the 18th century.  He retired from active service to start a new life in Wethersfield with his young family, keeping a tavern on Broad Street.  Before leaving […]

About the Author: Nora Howard

Nora Howard served at the Wethersfield Historical Society from 1982-1993 as director of education and then executive director. She holds degrees in American Studies from Hampshire College (B.A.) and George Washington University (M.A.) Her three books are Wethersfield Stories, Avon (a photographic history), and Catch’d on Fire: the Journals of Rufus Hawley, of Avon, CT. […]