Governor Thomas Welles

by C.A. Baker [The building known since 1990 as the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center was completed and opened in 1894 as the Center School – then renamed Governor Thomas Welles School in 1933. Following is the story of Governor Thomas Welles after his arrival in America – excerpted from “The Baker Family Tree”.  The entire […]

About the Author: Charles Baker

I grew up in Niagara Falls, New York, graduated from Cornell University in 1964, and after almost 40 years I retired from the construction industry in 2003. I am currently 71 years old.  My wife and I moved to Tampa, Florida with our family in 1983. We currently have a home in Estero, Florida and […]

A History of Temple Beth Torah

(This article was written for the 50th Anniversary of Temple Beth Torah and updated by Temple Beth Torah and Wethersfield Historical Society member Phil Lohman.) The Jewish Community Group of Wethersfield, forerunner of the present Temple Beth Torah, originated in December 1954, when eighteen families convened to discuss the possibilities of forming such a group.  […]

About the Author: John Crowe

John Crowe was a Reference Librarian at the Wethersfield Public Library between 1983 and 1990.  Before that he had worked at the Dauphin County Public Library and the Penn. State Library.  After he left Wethersfield he became the Asst. Director at the Cora Belden Library in Rocky Hill.

About the Author: Linda Pagliuco

Linda Pagliuco is an  interpreter, re-enactor, and teacher at two of Connecticut’s historic sites, Nathan Hale Homestead and Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. Her photos and articles have been published by Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Explored.

The Undoing of Silas Deane

By Linda Pagliuco When British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his army at Yorktown in 1781, his troops were surrounded by officers and soldiers, muskets, sabers, and artillery secured by the diligent efforts of Connecticut’s own Silas Deane. Deane’s extraordinary role in making the War for Independence viable should have placed him among the illustrious pantheon […]

About the Author: Carol Seeley Scott

Carol Seeley Scott is an 11th-generation descendant of Robert Seeley.  She graduated from Duke University and has advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina and Winthrop University.  Most of her professional years as a librarian were spent in a high school, and now, retired, she is the librarian of her retirement community.  Married for […]

The Eel-Catcher's Travels: Robert Seeley 1602-1667

by Carol Seeley Scott Robert Seeley (1602-1667), one of the founders of Wethersfield, left no written records of his own from which today we can judge his character and personality, but from his life we can infer a number of attributes.  He was family-loving, religious, open-minded and curious about his world, civic-minded,  unafraid of hard […]

About the Author: Frances S. Shedd

Frances S. Shedd was Director of the Wethersfield Public Library from 1922 to 1946, guiding the library through the period of its greatest growth and development. “As I see it,” she said, ” a public library exists only as a public servant and only by the service it gives may it justify its existence.” The […]

History of Wethersfield Library

by Frances S. Shedd (Frances Shedd) One hundred and sixty-three years ago, in March 1783, a group of Wethersfield citizens met formally to establish the town’s first library. No doubt they felt this to be an important occasion for the leading men of the village as well as many of the lesser folk were present. […]