Mission

Preserving and promoting Wethersfield’s history and culture to inspire people today and tomorrow.

Background

Established in 1932, Wethersfield Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit, membership-supported organization situated in the heart of the largest historic district in the state. As Wethersfield was the first town settled in Connecticut, our historical society provides rich insight on roughly 400 years of American history which helped shape the development of the nation. Year-round, we host a variety of programs on the history and culture of Wethersfield made possible by the generosity of our amazing volunteer staff and extended community.

Our museum and visitor center, the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street, Wethersfield), is home to our exhibits, rental space, and much of our collection. The Old Academy (150 Main Street) houses our office space and research library where we aid hundreds of genealogical researchers annually. Wethersfield Historical Society additionally oversees two house museums, the Hurlbut-Dunham (212 Main Street) and Captain James Francis (120 Hartford Avenue) Houses, as well as the Cove Warehouse and Maritime Museum. Because of the generosity of the town of Wethersfield, the society additionally manages the Deming-Standish House, currently known as Lucky Lou’s Bar and Grill (222 Main Street). Be sure to stop by our hours of operation to enjoy the culture and history of our town with us.

Exhibits

Legendary People, Ordinary Lives is a permanent exhibition on Wethersfield’s history at the museum in the Keeney Memorial. Temporary exhibits from the society’s collections, traveling exhibitions with a local connection, and those generated by the community complete the museum’s exhibition schedule.

Programs

The society has an active educational program including evening and weekend lectures and concerts for adults, in-school and on-site programs for school groups, walking tours, tours of the historic properties, and special events. New programs for families and children extend the society’s public service in a deliberate effort to reach out more effectively to the entire community.

Collections

The society’s collections include more than 7,000 objects, primarily from the 19th century, on exhibition in the historic houses, museums, or in storage. The library includes 100 linear feet of manuscripts, over 1,000 photographs and 1,000 books on history and genealogy.

Research Library 

The society’s library is open to research inquiries via email to society@wethersfieldhistory.org or by appointment through 860-529-7656. Research requests are free, made possible through the dedication of volunteer and staff expertise however donations are greatly appreciated to continue this service. Our research library is housed at 150 Main Street in Wethersfield in the Old Academy building. To expedite your request, please visit or contact us with specific questions in mind.