Wethersfield's Rich History!

Wethersfield History
img By Alexandra Guida

Did you know the town of Wethersfi eld was originally named Pyquag then Watertown before its offi cial name of Wethersfi eld? Yeah, me neither.

Wethersfield was created as a result of glacier movement during the Ice Age Period. This movement gave residents and visitors the beautiful landscape and rich soil which still exists there today. The only inhabitants of the town were dinosaurs during the Jurassic Period, and footprint evidence was found in 1956 and again in 1965 on multiple streets in town.

In 1614, the first European trader, Adrian Block, traveled the Connecticut River in search of animal pelts. It then became a source for trading between the Europeans and Native Americans. Trading helped shape the lives of the Native Americans who lived along those river banks

the Native Americans who lived along those river banks. Two decades later, in 1634, ten men known as the Ten Adventures “petitioned Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle Wethersfield.” Once their request was granted, they moved to Connecticut and renamed the town from Pyquag to Watertown, after the town in Massachuetts on August 30, 1634. The name was then changed again in 1637 to Wythersfield, which it has stayed since with a few spelling changes.

Stay tuned next time to learn about the Pequot War!



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