38th Annual Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair Afterword

A special word of thanks to the over 60 select artists and artisans who came to share their talent with all of us at the 38th Annual Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair.  Special recognition is also due to OWACF Manager Kate Ebner for doing such a fabulous job organizing this event. Wethersfield Historical Society also needs to thank our members and volunteers for all their hard work in ensuring that the fair ran smoothly and everyone who came out to enjoy what had to be one of the ten best fall days ever. All proceeds go to the support of the Wethersfield Historical Society and its mission to “preserve and promote Wethersfield’s history and culture to inspire people today and tomorrow”. Click here to view the dedicated 38th Annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair page to see which artisans were awarded blue ribbons by our expert panel of judges and in what categories.

10th Annual Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours, Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, starting at 6:30 pm.

In what has become a much-beloved tradition, Wethersfield Historical Society guides visitors through the town’s Ancient Burying Ground and other sites in a theatrical exploration of Wethersfield history, as told by several of its deceased residents. The evening begins and ends at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 with hot cider and cookies. In the event of inclement weather, October 20th has been scheduled as a rain date. For tickets and more information, visit the event’s page here.

Wethersfield Parking Study Survey


The Wethersfield Planning and Economic Development Department would LOVE to hear from YOU about parking in the Old Wethersfield Business District! As part of our community engagement effort, we have prepared a Survey to collect thoughts and feedback from ALL members of the community. Whether you live and work Old Wethersfield or you come to visit your favorite businesses, your input in this process is valuable and important!

• SurveyMonkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/975PLQS
• OR scan the following QR code to link directly to the survey

Biographer Paul Hensler visits the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center Tuesday, November 12

The cover of Paul Hensler’s bio of Bob Steele

On Tuesday evening, November 12 at 7:00 pm, author Paul Hensler will speak about his biography of broadcasting legend Bob Steele. The book, Bob Steele on the Radio: The Life of Connecticut’s Beloved Broadcaster, will be available for purchase to attendees at a discounted price. Paul Hensler is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. The author of several essays on baseball published by SABR, he has also lectured about baseball in the 1960s. He lives in Ellington, Connecticut. Admission is $5.00 to the general public. The event is free for Wethersfield Historical Society members.

Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

It’s shaping up to be a remarkably busy Fall here at Wethersfield Historical Society. What follows is a list of events and all the relevant details so you’ll be able to mark your calendars and not miss any of our exciting upcoming events. Please check back here frequently for updates and more detailed information as it becomes available.

Thursday, December 5, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Holidays on Main As part of Holidays on Main, the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 will be open to the public. Stop in and view exhibits, including the latest addition, Wethersfield Wedding Tradions. Children’s holiday-decorated trees will be on display. Have some free cider and stop by the popular Attic Treasures sale. Home-made cookies will be available for purchase. The Hurlbut-Dunham House, 212 Main Street, will be open from 6-8 pm. The elegant, former home of Jane and Howard Dunham will be decorated for an 1890s Christmas. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

The society is also having a toy drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to a local charity. The collection box is located by the main desk at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center.

Saturday, December 7 & 14 and Sunday December 8 & 15, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Hurlbut-Dunham House, festively decorated for an 1890s Christmas will be open for holiday tours. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.