His­toric Dis­trict / Old Wethers­field, Conn.

Old House Journal - - My Neighborhood - Text and pho­tos by De­bra Judge Sil­ber

On a visit in 1744, John Adams noted in his diary, “There’s not an­other street in Amer­ica as this one in Wethers­field.” The longestab­lished Con­necti­cut River trad­ing port had a ro­bust econ­omy driven by agri­cul­ture—Wethers­field red onions would be­come known around the world. Just about 30 years af­ter Adams’s visit, Ge­orge Washington and the Count de Rocham­beau met here to plan the cam­paign that would lead to the vic­tory at York­town. Wethers­field’s large his­toric area has a mélange of New Eng­land ar­chi­tec­tural styles, in­clud­ing 40 homes built be­fore the Revo­lu­tion and 100 that pre­date the Civil War. From English-style tim­ber-framed home­steads to stolid Ge­or­gians, gilded Vic­to­ri­ans, and 20th­cen­tury re­vivals, the ar­chi­tec­tural evo­lu­tion is ap­par­ent.

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