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, …

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 …