Stop & Shop Community Bag Program January 2023

Once again, Wethersfield Historical Society has been selected as  the beneficiary of Stop & Shop’s Community Bag Program. The society will receive $1 of the $2.50 purchase price of every Community Bag sold at their store at 80 Town Line Road in Rocky Hill, CT.  during the entire month of January 2023, unless instructed otherwise by the purchaser. This event is a great way to get a reusable way to carry your groceries and support the society and its educational efforts at the same time.

A special thank-you to our friends at Stop & Shop for thinking of us again.


Treasures of the Francis House On View through March 26

Wethersfield Historical Society is proud to announce the opening of Treasures of the Francis House, the latest addition to  the Wethersfield Museum’s Watson Gallery. Thanks to the generosity of Chauncey D. Stillman and his daughters, Elizabeth Stillman Shafer and Theodora Stillman Budnik (direct descendants of the original owner), Wethersfield Historical Society took possession of the Captain James Francis House at 120 Hartford Avenue in 1969. After a half century of successful stewardship, the society made the difficult decision to sell the Captain James Francis House and return the home to private ownership. All of the family possessions held in that house were relocated to storage at the Keeney Center and these objects form the core of the new exhibit. Visitors will learn about the owners of the Captain James Francis House from 1793 through present day, and through material culture will learn about life in 19th century Wethersfield.

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays.

This exhibit has been made possible in part by a grant from the Robert Alan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Society’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond Ball a delightful success

As last Saturday’s Witch of Blackbird Pond Ball fades into pleasant memory, it’s nice to take a look at the digital scrapbook and relive some of the evening’s highlights; Melinda Robidoux’s atmospheric decoration of the Keeney Ballroom,  Ascot Catering’s amazing food, emcee Renee Di Nino overseeing the evening’s festivities, DJ Joey Brooks providing the perfect soundtrack, and the amazing costumes.  To see some of what your friends and neighbors are talking about,  visit the photo galleries toward the bottom of the dedicated Witch of Blackbird Pond Ball page. If you were unable to attend this year, start making plans for next.