The Connecticut River runs along Wethersfield’s eastern flank while Hartford, Newington, and Rocky Hill border it to the north, west, and south, respectively. Settled in 1634 (some say earlier), this Hartford County town vies with Windsor for “first town” status. Early on it weathered witch trials but grew to importance as shipbuilding, onion growing, and trade brought wealth. In 1781, the Webb House hosted Washington and Rochambeau as they planned for the battle at Yorktown, Virginia. In the 1800s, a state prison and commercial seed production led Wethersfield’s economy, and the 20th century saw it transform into a residential suburb of Hartford. The Old Wethersfield Historic District, with over 150 structures built before 1850, preserves the town’s rich heritage.
This profitable exchange brought wealth and sought-after goods to the state but came at the price of supporting slavery in the bargain. …[more]
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