Friday, June 1, 2012

Follow Friday: Wethersfield Historical Society Curator's Blog

   I rarely get to play tourist in Connecticut, but when I do, Wethersfield is one of my favorite places to visit. Childhood memories of reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond remain pretty strong. (If you haven't read the book, it's set in old, traditional Wethersfield with an outsider British girl as the lead.) On top of that, the town has amazing character on its own. It has managed to maintain an extensive historic district. According to the Historic District Commission, the district contains over 150 structures built before 1850. If you love old homes, it's a great place to visit. Yet, I have to admit, I know very little about the individual people who live there.
   The Wethersfield Historical Society Curator's Blog is a good place  to start learning. Some of the blog post cover the town's historic homes and their contents. One post traces the entire history of a tea caddy. The author looks at both the tea caddy's historic role and the history of the individual owner. Other posts focus on Wethersfield natives. A December 2011 post recounts the history of Lt. Jonathan Church, a marine from Wethersfield. Church passed away in 1804. The blog isn't updated regularly, but the content is excellent.

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