Adult Tours & Programs

Adult Tours

Adult Programs

Group tours are available to groups of 10 or more. Reservations are required for all groups. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact the office at 860.529.7656 or email society@wethersfieldhistory.org


Walk Around Old Wethersfield: An Architectural Walking Tour

While visiting Wethersfield in 1774, John Adams wrote in his diary, “There’s not another street in America as this one in Wethersfield.” Join guide and architectural authority Dorene Ciarcia on these interesting and informative tours. Freshly revised for 2020, this year’s installment consists of three unique offerings. The first (Hubbard Houses Walking Tour) features homes built by Wethersfield developer Albert G. Hubbard, who began his career in 1910. Hubbard homes are found on Center, Church, Woodland, Rosedale, Garden, Belmont, and Willard Streets; Lincoln, Dorchester, Oakdale, and Deerfield Roads; Hubbard Place; Hartford Avenue; and Wolcott Hill Road. The second outing (Uncovering Architecture) is tailored for children ages 7 – 12. The third (A Tour of Hartford Avenue) will be led by both Dorene Ciarcia and retired teacher Carol Bruce, long-time member of WHS and resident of Wethersfield. For those who would prefer not to walk, please take a look at our step-on bus tour.

$5.00, members free

Scheduled tours for 2020:

Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am – Hubbard Houses Walking Tour
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am – “Uncovering Architecture” for kids ages 7 – 12
Saturday, September 19, 10:00 am – Tour of Hartford Avenue (led by Dorene Ciarcia & Carol Bruce,

Meet in front of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street.


Cove Warehouse Tours

This building on the waterfront of Wethersfield Cove is used to interpret Wethersfield’s maritime trade with the West Indies that flourished between 1650 and 1830. It tells the story of the famous Red Onion trade, shipbuilding, privateers, fisheries and early yachts. During your tour, be sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery! Reservations are required for all groups.


Ancient Burying Ground Tour

Learn how to use gravestones to discover clues to colonial life in Wethersfield. Learn about the history of Wethersfield from the lives of the people who lived here. Led by Wethersfield Historical Society volunteer research librarian and long-time Wethersfield resident Martha Smart, this tour explores the rich and varied lives of the men and women who made Wethersfield their home and ultimately their final resting place.

$5.00, members free

2020 Scheduled Tours:

Thursdays – May 14, June 18, September 24  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturdays – May 16, June 20, September 26  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot.


Hurlbut-Dunham House Tour

This elegant brick Georgian, located next to the Keeney Memorial, is used to interpret 20th century social history in Greater Hartford. The house contains the furniture and belongings of its last occupants, Howard and Jane Dunham who lived in the house in the early 20th century.


Step-on Bus Tour

One of our friendly guides will step on your bus and educate all about Old Wethersfield. What do you want to know? Let us know and we can customize it for your tour! Stop by the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center that houses the Wethersfield Museum, the Hurlbut-Dunham House, the  Cove Warehouse , or stay on the bus and learn about the architectural past of the most ancient town in Connecticut.


Revolutionary War Tour

This bus tour highlights Wethersfield’s role in the struggle for American independence. The tour tells about some of the sites and the people along with the stories connected to the town’s role in the transformation of thirteen colonies into one independent nation.


Wethersfield Museum Tour

Located in the Keeney Center, 200 Main Street, the museum has an orientation exhibition on Wethersfield, Legendary People, Ordinary Lives, and changing exhibits on a variety of topics.


Custom Tours and Programs

Wethersfield Historical Society will design tours and programs to meet your specific interests and objectives. Please contact the office at (860) 529-7656 or e-mail society@wethersfieldhistory.org. Please note there is a ten person minimum on custom tours. (Tours under 10 will be subject to a flat fee of $50). Custom tours and programs are subject to availability of guides.