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Labor Day in Old Wethersfield

Posted by mrssmythe on September 5, 2017 in Books, Garden, Out & About, Travel |

The girls are studying American history this year, and one of the books Ginger will be reading is The Witch of Blackbird PondHave you ever read that book? I’ve read it three times. I think it’s one of my favorites.

The book is set in Wethersfield, Connecticut – a town less than an hour from where we currently live. So, on Labor Day, I suggested we make the drive to see the the place first hand.

The town provides a map for a walking tour (you can find a copy of it HERE). We started at Cove Park.

The cove – which connects to the Connecticut River and was, at one time, a bend in the river – was lovely, especially on such a pleasant, sunny day. If you look closely, you can see bits of the Hartford skyline at the center of the photo, just beyond the trees.

From the Cove, we headed south along Main street, where most of the town’s oldest homes are located. Many date to the 1700’s and are named for sea captains. This lovely blue home – the Simeon Belden House – is currently for sale (see HERE) and dates to 1767.

In many case, the trees look to be as old as the homes. We were stunned by this maple:

(That’s Ginger, by the way). Neither CPT A nor I have ever seen a maple tree that large!

Here’s another tree we admired:

Amazing, really, to think of all this tree has seen.

We stopped, of course, at the Buttolph-Williams House, which is the home where the main character lives in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Built in 1711, it’s one of the town’s oldest houses. Most days, May through October, it’s open to visitors.

And then there’s the Webb House – now a museum – which served as George Washington’s headquarters in 1781.

So much history!

We weren’t able to go into any of these wonderful buildings. Things were closed, I think, for Labor Day. But, I was more than content to stroll around looking at facades and the lovely gardens.

This homeowner had attached strings to the porch and was training morning glories up them.

What a great idea! I’ve filed it away for next year.

And these gardens…well, where to begin?

This is actually the Silas Robbins house. Built in 1873, it’s relatively new by Old Wethersfield standards. It’s now a bed and breakfast…and currently for sale! If you’re interested, you can find more information and plenty of photos HERE.

From the dining room table, already planning a return visit to Old Wethersfield (I’d like to see the town when the leaves are changing),

Mrs. Smythe

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10 Comments

  • Jenn M says:

    What a beautiful town! I enjoyed the real estate listings.

    • mrssmythe says:

      When we’re in towns like that, we always look for houses for sale and then come back home and look up the listings later. It’s so interesting to get peeks inside!

  • TeaLady says:

    This was such an interesting post. The Silas Robbins house is very grand!

  • Aunt Barb says:

    The Robbins house is so lovely. If I had the money and energy I’d consider it. Of course, not having either has spared the community my presence. Glad you shared it with us.

  • Jane says:

    I checked out the colonial for sale and thought it was really reasonably priced until I realized it was for half of the house!

    • mrssmythe says:

      I didn’t realize it was for half the house until you said something. We were thinking it sounded very reasonable, too, and attributed the price to it needing a bit of fixing up. Glad you pointed that out!

  • Noche says:

    I loved The Witch of Blackbird Pond! Somehow it never occurred to me that it was set in a real place. I haven’t read it since middle school, maybe that’s why. I’m going to see if I still have it and go find more pictures of Wethersfield so I can picture it exactly as I read it again.

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