Old Wethersfield Historic District
Joseph Webb and Isaac Stevens Houses
|Location||Bounded by Hartford, railroad tracks, I-91, and Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Connecticut|
|Area||1,300 acres (530 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial, Federal|
|NRHP Reference #||70000719|
|Added to NRHP||December 29, 1970|
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. At 2.3-square-mile (6.0 km2) in size, it is the state's largest historic district."
"Wethersfield, founded in 1633–34, has its niche in history, being “Ye Most Ancient Towne” in Connecticut. Over one hundred fifty of our old, beautiful and distinctive Colonial homes stand as a symbol of the rich heritage which has been Wethersfield’s since the early days of its founding more than 350 years ago."
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:
The district includes Wethersfield's green, which is "a slender diamond nearly a half-mile long".:2
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Constance Luyster (September 9, 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Old Wethersfield / Watertown, Pyquag". National Park Service. and Accompanying 11 photos, from 1970
- Steve Kemper, Weekend: Old Wethersfield, CT; Connecticut's oldest town and seed company, Yankee magazine,
- "Wethersfield, CT, and Onions", Yankee Magazine, August 1993
- "Historic Properties Inventory - Historic Periods". Town of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wethersfield, Connecticut.|
- Historic Wethersfield, Wethersfield Tourism website
- Historic Properties database, Town of Wethersfield
- OldWethersfield.Com, maintained by the Old Wethersfield Shopkeepers' Association