London – A Black Governor of Connecticut

African American history has long been neglected in both history books and museum programming.  Due to this fact, Wethersfield Historical Society’s staff strove to incorporate a telling narrative of one of Connecticut’s Black Governors in the 2011 Lantern Light Tours. The following is a short narrative of London’s life and impact on his community during […]

Foodways: The Middle Passage: African Americans

by Paul Courchaine Foodways: The Culinary History of Wethersfield In the mid 1990’s many long-settled communities along the Eastern seaboard – Plymouth, Williamsburg, St. Mary’s City, to name a few – established programs called “Foodways”, exploring the history, and in some cases, re-creating the foods used throughout the years in these communities. Culinary Historian Paul […]

Wethersfield: The "Cradle of American Seed Companies"

 “To own a bit of the ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life – this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.” Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), Hartford author and Hartford Courant Associate Editor. When Wethersfield founder John Oldham […]