Horribles Parade

“Parade of horribles” originally referred to a literal parade of people wearing comic and grotesque costumes, rather like the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. It was a traditional feature of Fourth of July parades in parts of the United States in the nineteenth century, and “Horribles Parades” continue to be part of …

Chapter 4 – Buy Now – Plan Later

Nothing, however, became of the proposed Goodwin Park Extension. Nor, until 1938, did the town begin to acquire, mostly by foreclosure, the land in that area – including 30.2 acres from Charles Woodward.  The land purchases continued up to 1964, one year after it officially received its current name.  The …

Chapter I – The Colour of History

When Marsha and I bought our house on the corner of Brimfield Road and Folly Brook Boulevard in Wethersfield we had neither the time nor the inclination to pay attention to the history of either our new abode or the area in which it resides. There was after all no …

Mill Woods Park: A History

by Jim Meehan “Het Up For Fair” “Your ear for a minute, please, a bit of space in your paper if possible in these days of shortage, for I am het up for fair. “Wethersfield has before it a proposition of tremendous import as clearly delineated by the Park Board …

Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church

by Robert F. Deasy Jr. [For those unfamiliar, following is a brief history of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) as told on the website of Christ Community Church of Sioux City, Iowa. (http://christccevfree.org/bic/section3.pdf)  By the mid 1800s many believers in the Lutheran church of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark …

Wintergreen Woods: A History

by Jim Meehan It All Began with Ice The“Recreational Facilities” portion of the Wethersfield Connecticut official town website describes Wintergreen Woods as “110.0 acres containing open space and nature trails”.  The park’s main entrance is located at the north end of the portion of Folly Brook Boulevard that extends in …

Wethersfield’s Top Ten Natural Disasters

by Jim Meehan Introduction: A Tornado, Here in Wethersfield?“ “A great thunderstorm; an extensive flood; a desolating hurricane; a sudden and intense frost; an overwhelming snowstorm; a sultry day – each of these different scenes exhibits singular beauties in spite of the damage they cause.  Often while the heart laments …

Thomas Hickey: George Washington’s Wethersfield Kidnapper

by Jim Meehan “Do You Know About Thomas Hickey?” “I noticed that you’re from Wethersfield, Connecticut.” I was standing, empty-plate-in-hand, in the breakfast buffet line at an Elderhostel Golf program and the person talking to me was Sol Henner, a self-described retired Revolutionary War historian. He continued, “Do you know …

Wethersfield’s Dinosaur Footprints

by Jim Meehan Wethersfield’s most recent dinosaur footprint find occurred during the construction of the Church of the Incarnation in 1965. (Please see “History of the Church of the Incarnation” on this website.) Those twenty pieces of shale however are not Wethersfield’s only prehistoric reptile relics. According to the Hartford …

George Whitefield – The Billy Graham of Colonial America

George Whitefield – The Billy Graham of Colonial America by Thomas S. Kidd This month [December] marks the tricentennial of the birth of the most famous man in America before the Revolution. George Whitefield, born on Dec. 16, 1714, was a Church of England minister who led the Great Awakening, …