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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 1,300 acres (5.3 km2). Of these 100 date from colonial times. Many of the early frame and brick houses were built by sea captains around the town green.
There are three National Historic Landmarks in Old Wethersfield:

Buttolph–Williams House — 249 Broad St.

Joseph Webb House — 211 Main St.

Silas Deane House — 203 Main St.Another prominent historic building in the district is:

First Church of Christ, WethersfieldThe district includes Wethersfield's green, which is "a slender diamond nearly a half-mile long".: 2 
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  • I would suggest beginning a trip to Old Wethersfield by stopping at The Wethersfield Museum. They have changing exhibits and admission is free. There is so much history in this town and want to see....  more
    I would suggest beginning a trip to Old Wethersfield by stopping at The Wethersfield Museum. They have changing exhibits and admission is free. There is so much history in this town and want to see....  more »
  • A beautiful place to visit, scenic views, beautiful vintage homes and a shopping street with eclectic stores. Don't miss a stop at Main Street Creamery. Easy access to I91. 
    A beautiful place to visit, scenic views, beautiful vintage homes and a shopping street with eclectic stores. Don't miss a stop at Main Street Creamery. Easy access to I91.  more »

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