History of Wethersfield
In 1634, Wethersfield was a mixture of timber, meadow, river and marsh.Native Americans - Wongunks - had lived here for centuries until discovered by John Oldham and small band of enterprising traders. These pioneers carved the first permanent settlement in what would later become Connecticut, one of the 13 original colonies. Today, visitors can re-discover our nation’s heritage in an authentic, living, New England village, whose artifact-rich museums, historic homes, shops and places of interest are nestled among tree-lined streets. Wethersfield is a living and working community that also happens to be deeply devoted to preserving its authentic New England heritage, now nearly 375 years in the making. Amble about the largest Historic District in Connecticut and you'll find 50 houses built before the Revolutionary War; 100 built by the time of the Civil War; and another 150 built shortly thereafter. Each fascinating home captures the essence of the style in vogue at the time.
Any visit to Wethersfield gives you the chance to explore life's simpler pleasures: enjoying a summer evening with ice-cream cone in hand; browsing an antiques shop or art gallery; relaxing at a sidewalk café; comparing notes with the locals about old home restoration; pausing at a garden shop or farm stand for fresh vegetables or something to plant in your own garden. Come to Wethersfield, and discover the place where history lives.
What to See and Do
Wethersfield offers a variety of historic attractions, activities and events for visitors. We suggest stopping by the Visitor Center for maps brochures, the latest information on events etc.
The Wethersfield Tourism Commission is a Volunteer based Town Organization. We take pride in marketing Wethersfield's historic assets through events to encourage the community and visitors to be inspired by the historic preservations including its Museums, Architecture, Parks and Gardens, Landscape and ambiance overall. Meetings are open to the Public, please refer to the Town of Wethersfield's
website for dates, locations of future meetings and our annual tourism report