About the Author: Ronna Reynolds

Ronna Reynolds, the first professional director of the Wethersfield Historical Society (1973 – 1977), received her B.A. in History from Connecticut College and her M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (New York State University).  In 1978, she was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar and in 1979 published Images […]

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by Jim Meehan Not all “historic” accounts are “History” –  defined as “a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account; chronicle.” Many are more properly labeled “Pseudo-history” – “Any work that claims to be history, but does not use established […]

About the Author: Joyce Rossignol

Joyce Rossignol came to Wethersfield as editor of the Wethersfield Post in 1970. After “retiring” from the Post, she became, in 1995, senior  editor of Life Publications, including Wethersfield Life, a position she still holds.  She lives in Wethersfield with her husband Gilman. Return to the Wethersfield Historical Society home page.  

About the Author: Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy is a graduate of Fairfield U and holds a Master’s in history from Trinity College.  He taught history at East Catholic High in Manchester. Joe is author of HARTFORD’S CATHOLIC LEGACY–PARISHES, wrote for the Courant’s Northeast Magazine as well as for the Connecticut Historical Society and the Association for the Study of Connecticut […]

Rocky Hill: A History

Rocky Hill: A HistoryBy Rafaele Fierro It was only a matter of time. Rocky Hill citizens since the 1820s had been petitioning the Connecticut General Assembly to become a separate town. Now in 1843 the residents of Wethersfield’s “Lower Community,” known since 1722 as Stepney Parish, took up the issue anew but with more vigor […]

Who was Charles Wright?

Who was Charles Wright that a school is named for him?    His portrait hangs in the lobby, but his distinguished life isn’t told here.    Charles Wright was born on Jordan Lane in 1811, in a large Georgian house since demolished, just east of what is now the overpass.  He was the son of James and […]

Wethersfield's Maritime Contribution to the Revolutionary War

by Ronna L. Reynolds The early theater of military action [in the American Revolution] centered in New England, prompting immediate and drastic changes in the activities of Wethersfield’s seafaring men.  Before the war, many local men had engaged in the lucrative West Indian and Southern coastal trade.  However, shortly after Lexington, the British established a […]

Wethersfield Enters the Revolution

by Ronna L. Reynolds That spark was provided by the “shot heard round the world” on April 19, 1775.  At ten in the morning, Israel Bissell, postrider, set up from Watertown, Massachusetts with a notice giving the particular of the Lexington engagement and stated that the bearer “is charged to alarm the Country quite to […]

Connecticut at War: 1634 – 1781

Connecticut’s first military episode was the Pequot War of 1637.  The Pequots were a war-like, break-away band of Mohegan Indians originally from the Hudson Valley of New York. They had been in Connecticut since 1600 and feared an English threat to their territories. Between 1634 and the start of the war, they had killed traders […]

Black History in Wethersfield

From the pages of Connecticut’s 1790 census spring the names of Wethersfield’s 5 free black families.  From this same document comes the enumeration of 87 other people listed simply as slaves.  Slaves in Wethersfield?  Most assuredly.  The earliest known record of slave ownership in Wethersfield appears in the 1662 will of John Latimer.  His household […]