My hometown of Wethersfield Connecticut - settled in 1634 - nestled right between Boston and New York City

Posted by Paul Braren on Dec 23 2015 (updated on Jul 26 2016) in
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    For a while now, I've been wanting to share a bit about my beloved hometown of Wethersfield. How nice to recently discover that a real author has already done all that legwork for me, a really nice job of putting it all together. Two quality pieces actually, just published this month. They really capture the special magic of this Colonial American town of 26,668 souls in a quiet Central-Connecticut suburb, nestled among lush green hills. A mere 2 hours drive from New York or Boston, or 22 minutes to Bradley International Airport (BDL). A short 40 minute drive to New Haven Union Station, where Metro North takes me right to NYC's Grand Central Station for about $21. Very conveniently located for getting to various computer user groups, and for various consulting opportunities I've had these past 20 years in IT.

    historic wethersfield sign_thumb
    Photo by Heather at The Maiden's Court.

    Back in the 90s, as the local telco installer wired up my home, he mentioned I was the very first residential ISDN subscriber in town. These days, I already enjoy about 200Mbps down, and 20Mbps up for internet, a perk of living in a large metro area of nearly a million humans, where this 16 channel DOCIS 3.0 cablemodem can fly. Coming up next, fiber-based Cox Gigablast.

    I've seen about 35 of the 50 United States, and I love exploring each location for unique charms. And each time I return home from one of these business trips, I realize just how fortunate I am to live right here.


    You don't have to look far to see my love for where I live, such as my aerial shot here, and my Google+ background showing Old Wethersfield here.

    Other than college near Boston and my 5 years in gorgeous Ithaca NY, I've been in lovely Wethersfield since age 1, and my parents and a sibling still live here. I raised my kids who went to public school here, and even married my wife in the church described by author Malerie Yolen-Cohen:

    While he was in town, in 1781, George Washington worshiped across the street at The First Church of Christ, built in 1761. John Adams, too, was a guest, and after climbing the steeple proclaimed it the "most grand and glorious sight seen."

    I've even had the opportunity to climb up that very same steeple myself. Glorious view indeed! Here's me flying right past that steeple, in a small plane on final approach to Brainard Airport/KHFD.

    So, if you're into history, or even if you're British and still a bit miffed ;-), check out these historic articles:

    If you're a TinkerTry reader and in the area and wish to say hi, please don't hesitate to contact me so we can try to arrange a meet-up!

    My Google+ Profile pic features Main Street in Old Wethersfield.
    That's about 75% of Wethersfield seen here on a clear autumn day, as we descend to land at Bradley/BDL.
    Quaint short video, by wethersfieldtourism.

    JAN 01 2016 Update

    JAN 07 2016 Update

    See also some of my public Google+ photos from around town, here's some of them:

    Panaramic near Willow Street, Wilkus Farm, Wethersfield, CT. Taken September 2013 by Paul Braren.
    Double rainbow, Wilkus Farm, Wethersfield, CT. Taken November 2013 by Paul Braren.

    JUN 06 2016 Update

    JUL 25 2016 Update

    Contacted Cox about Gigablast availability at my address. Was routed to a third party representative who tried to answer my pre-sales questions, claiming that Gigablast roll-out is intended to be complete by 2017 for all Cox internet customers. I was then transferred to a Cox representative, who said the 3rd party is likely incorrect, and that Cox doesn't have a set date. She also mentioned that Flanagan's Landing Apartments in the next town over called Glastonbury is where Gigablast is first arriving in Connecticut.

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