Family Programs

Walking Tours All Season! 

All tours are $5; free to members and children under 16. Reservations recommended.  In the event of rain, tours are cancelled.

Walk Around Old Wethersfield with Dorene Ciarcia

Learn about the architecture of people who lived here long ago. Meet in front of Keeney Center, 200 Main Street.

2018

  • Thursdays: Sept 14 – 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Saturdays:  Sept 16 – 10:00-11:30am

Burying Ground Tours with Martha Smart

Learn about gravestone carvers, customs and stories. Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot.

2018

  • Thursdays: Sept. 7, Oct 11 – 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Saturdays: Sept 9, Oct 13 – 10:00 am

Heritage Weekend Saturday, May 26, 2018

Free Admission

Take a step back in time with the Town of Wethersfield at the annual Heritage Weekend. Wethersfield Historical Society will take part in the celebration of Wethersfield’s rich history and culture as part of the Town of Wethersfield’s Heritage Weekend, a collaborative event celebrating Memorial Day with the Town of Wethersfield, Wethersfield Historical Society, Comstock, Ferre & Co. and the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.

Saturday May 26 will begin with the Town of Wethersfield’s annual Memorial Day parade through Old Wethersfield, which begins at Cove Park and wends its way down Garden, Church and Main Streets, past the reviewing stand on the historic Broad Street Green, ending at the War Memorial in the Village Cemetery.  The parade will pass Wethersfield Historical Society’s Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street where beginning at 9 am, reenactors from the Second Continental Light Dragoons, Sheldon’s Horse will present the history of the nation’s first cavalry unit, raised in Wethersfield in 1776 with horsemanship drills, information about the dragoons’ spying activities during the Revolutionary War and the important role of women in support of the mounted units.  Doughty’s Artillery and the United Train of Artillery will be on hand with artillery drills and cannon firing.  The Crew of the Raven will discuss marine navigation, privateering and Wethersfield’s important but little-known maritime history.

There will also be 18th century medical, cooking and craft demonstrations and the society’s award winning exhibition Castle on the Cove: the Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield available throughout the day. The society’s historic Hurlbut-Dunham House will also be open for tours from 10 am to 4 pm and the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum will be open from 1 to 4 pm. All of the historical society’s events and museums are offered free of charge. All Wethersfield Historical Society events are made possible by the of the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and donations from our generous members.

The following weekend come back to Wethersfield to enjoy the Chamber of Commerce and Town of Wethersfield’s fireworks Saturday, June 2 at Cove Park on State Street.

Heritage Weekend Calendar

Saturday, May 26, 2018

9:00 am – Town of Wethersfield’s Memorial Day Parade, Cove Park
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Wethersfield Historical Society’s reenactors, front lawn of the Keeney Memorial
Cultural Center, 200 Main Street
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Hurlbut Dunham House and Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Center exhibits open Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum 8th Annual Revolutionary War Encampment
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum open, north end of Main Street

History Day for Families as part of the Heritage Weekend is supported by the Robert Allen Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Keeney Koolers Free Outdoor Concert Series

This year’s free outdoor concerts will be held on the front lawn of the Keeney Center and will be Tuesday evenings July 10, 17 and 24 at 6:30pm. Our summer concerts are free and attendees may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and food and drink to enjoy.

2018

Tuesday, July 10: Tirebiter kicks off our 2018 Keeney Koolers concert series.

Tuesday, July 17: Back by popular demand, Number Nine returns to our 2018 Keeney Koolers concert series with their popular interpretations of Beatles music..

Tuesday, July 24: Latanya Farrell: The “Queen of summer concerts” joins  Keeney Koolers with her powerful vocals and musical energy, this will be a performance you don’t want to miss.

Keeney Koolers Summer Concerts are supported by the Robert Allen Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Lantern Light Tours – Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Lantern Light Tours continue to be in popular demand for a spooky and historical account of Wethersfield’s past. Join your guide as you travel through history on Main Street and in the Ancient Burying Ground.

Tickets are pre-sale, $20 per person and go on sale mid September.  Suggested age is 13 & over. Tours begin and end at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center.