Thursday, June 7, 2012
Those Places Thursday: Comstock Ferre & Co.
Comstock, Ferre, & Co. has a long history in Wethersfield. According to the company's history webpage, it actually can be traced as far back as 1811, when Joseph Belden first advertised in the Hartford Courant. The company, which has traditionally sold seeds, changed hands several times over the 19th and 20th centuries. I was lucky enough to first know it when it was owned by Pierre Bennerup during the 1990s . At the time, the company boasted an extensive nursery section - as well as a historic garden store. For me, the historic seed collection was an incredible discovery. Remember, this was before heirloom tomatoes had come back in. History and gardening... perfect mix. Comstock-Ferre (as we knew it locally) was sold in 2008 and the buildings were threatened with demolition. The company's page doesn't explain those proposals, but you can read them in detail on a local Wethersfield news page. I'm glad to say that the proposals didn't end where expected - Comstock, Ferre & Co. was sold in 2010 and is back operating as a historic seed company. I've sadly not been back yet, but I can't wait to check it out!