Francesco A. Lentini, Three Legged Wonder

by Jim Meehan “The past is everything that ever happened to anyone anywhere. There is much too much history to remember all of it. So how do we make choices about what is worth remembering? Significant events include those that resulted in great change over long periods of time for …

History of the Church of the Incarnation

Compiled by Gina DeAngelo and Emily Monaco for the church’s 50th anniversary, and published with permission of the Church of the Incarnation.  Our Founding Pastor When the redistribution of our Mother parish, Corpus Christi, became a necessity, the Church of the Incarnation was established on September 5, 1963, in Wethersfield, …

A Brief History of Wethersfield United Methodist Church

by Grace Hayes In 1790 the first Methodist sermon was preached in Wethersfield by Jesse Lee in the North Brick School House, now the site of Standish Park. For several years itinerant preachers came to Wethersfield until 1821 when the Rev. William S Pease was appointed as circuit preacher for …

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 …

Still Fighting Fires After All These Years

By Nora Howard Since 1803, Wethersfield’s Volunteer Fire Department has been responding to fires, floods, and other disasters. But the modern department has little in common with the old one, except for the dedication, pride and bravery of its volunteers. The organization began in a time when the best defenses …

About the Author: Grace Hayes

Grace Hayes has been a member of Wethersfield United Methodist Church since she relocated here in 1975. She grew up in Hartford and worked as an RN in Texas and the Carolinas while her late first husband served as a USMC pilot. She and her husband Gerry raised their three …

Wethersfield’s “Other” Plane Accidents

Although Wethersfield is certainly not Connecticut’s “Bermuda Triangle” the town has seen a number of other aeronautical accidents anomalies in addition to the “Fairway 6” and “Isaacson’s Field” incidents. An Abrupt Termination (12/19/1928) The headline and sub-headlines from the Hartford Courant told most of the story – “Mrs. Smith’s Plane …

Issacson’s Field Plane Crash

I can tell you there was one other airplane crash in Wethersfield sometime in the early part of 1924. My grandfather, was a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and the NY Air National Guard. In an article from a newsletter “Published Weekly by the 27th Division, Air Service Units”, …

WHS Board Scholarship 2014 Winning Essay

The Governing and Advisory Boards of Wethersfield Historical Society  award a scholarship to a graduating High School Senior. To be eligible students must have volunteered at the historical society and/or any taken the Wethersfield High School’s  Wethersfield Studies class. The recipient is then chosen on the basis of a short …

The Revolutionary Life of Samuel Blachley Webb

By Linda Pagliuco As long as it shall stand, the Joseph Webb house on Main Street in Wethersfield will be firmly linked to the name of George Washington. Fewer people know, however, that when Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the newly created United States of America, the …