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Old Wethersfield, Wethersfield

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Old Wethersfield, also known as Old Wethersfield Historic District, and historically known as Watertown or Pyquag, is a section of the town of Wethersfield, Connecticut roughly bounded by the borders of the adjacent city of Hartford and town of Rocky Hill, railroad tracks, and I-91. The site of the first permanent European-American settlement in the state of Connecticut, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.The land for this colonial settlement was acquired from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Wethersfield served as a transportation hub on the Connecticut River in the early years.The Old Wethersfield Historic District was established under town statutes in 1962, "to preserve and protect the many architectural phases of a Connecticut River Community in continual growth from 1634 to the present." Eight years later, in 1970, the Old Wethersfield Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The village includes 50 houses that were built before the American Revolutionary War, plus about 250 additional houses built before the 20th century, about 100 of which were built earlier than the American Civil War.The historic district listed on the National Register includes 1200 structures over 1300acre. Of these 100 date from colonial times. Many of the early frame and brick houses were built by sea captains around the town green.
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  • Old Wethersfield is a wonderful place to walk just about any season of the year. The terrain is flat. The Cove (of the CT River) is attractive and, above all, you get to view many historical houses th...  more »
  • This town was just lovely - beautiful old homes and a real New England feel. It's a great place for a leisurely stroll and soaking up history. I will say that I was disappointed that there weren't mor...  more »
  • We took a quick trip to Old Wethersfield while waiting for my friend's husband at the DMV. What a cute little gem this is! We went around the old cemetery there and walked all the way down to the cove...  more »