Ancient Burying Ground Tours Return in May

On Thursday, May 19 (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm) and Saturday, May 21 (10:00 am – 11:30 am) Wethersfield Historical Society Research Librarian Martha Smart brings back her popular Ancient Burying Ground Tours. This informative walking tour explores the rich and varied lives of the men and women who made Wethersfield their home, and ultimately, their final resting place.

Tours depart from the red barn at the First Church parking lot.
$5.00 admission for the general public. Free for current WHS members.

Saturday, May 28 Heritage Weekend: History Day for Families

Join Wethersfield Historical Society, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, and the Town of Wethersfield for the return of Heritage Weekend. On Saturday, May 28 at 9:00 am, the Town of Wethersfield’s annual Memorial Day parade steps off from the DMV and continues through Old Wethersfield, marching directly past the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. WHS again welcomes Captain Sal Tarantino and Wethersfield’s own Second Continental Light Dragoons, Sheldon’s Horse to the lawn between the Hurlbut-Dunham House and the Keeney Center from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. At 11:00 am, Captain Tarantino will lead a libation ceremony in memory of fallen comrades. Joining the Dragoons will be Revolutionary War cannon and 18th century crafters.

The Keeney Center will be open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday. Currently on display are our award-winning exhibit Castle on the Cove: The Connecticut State Prison at Wethersfield; River, Land, and Sea: Wethersfield’s Maritime History; and our permanent exhibit Legendary People, Ordinary Lives. The Hurlbut-Dunham House opens early at 10:00 am on Saturday and our Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum at Cove Park will be open 1 – 4. Both museums will be open from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday and on weekends throughout the summer. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

New Exhibit: River, Land, and Sea: Wethersfield’s Maritime History

WHS’ latest exhibit, River, Land and Sea: Wethersfield’s Maritime History is now on view in the Wethersfield Museum’s Watson Gallery. As one of the first towns along the Connecticut River actively engaged in maritime trade, Wethersfield has a rich and long history as a trading hub. Town notables like Samuel Boardman and John Hurlbut are featured, as are the commodities they traded in; the Wethersfield red onion, horses, sugar, and salt. Wethersfield’s participation in the Atlantic trade, the West Indies, and slavery are all  explored. The exhibit sheds new light on the often-overlooked stories of multiracial privateers, Black seamen, and enslaved peoples. As always, admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Support for this exhibit was provided by the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Farmington Bank Community Foundation. In addition to the exhibit itself, several complementary lectures and concerts  are scheduled throughout the coming year to provide additional historical and cultural context. This programming comes to the society through a grant from CT Humanities. Click here for the complete listing of speakers and musicians.