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.