Spanning 250 acres of gardens, fields, ponds and picnic areas, Wickham Park spreads over Manchester and East Hartford, CT and provides a wonderful setting for weddings, receptions, corporate events and other social gatherings. Originally 130 acres were left as a gift from Clarence H. Wickham and in 1967 an additional 67 acres were added by Myrtle Williams. The park expanded to its current size with purchases and land swaps. When Wickham died in 1945 the majority of his estate was set aside to fund the operation and maintenance of the park and today Bank of America manages the trust.
Landscape architects Olmstead Associates Inc. was hired to design the original layout of the park which included a mansion, carriage house, maintenance building and log cabin. The park officially opened to the public in 1961 and has since played host to weddings, athletic events, garden tours, festivals, charity fundraisers and golf tournaments. Wickham was born in New Haven in 1860 and graduated Hartford Public High School in 1879. He followed in his father's footsteps, Horace Wickham, using his ingenuity to invent among other things the window envelope and together he and his father would hold over 40 patents. Horace's most profitable invention was a machine that made stamped envelopes and he would contract this machine to the US government from 1874 to 1907.
Clarence would marry Edith Farwell McGrath in 1900 and the two gave generously to the community and donated freely to libraries, hospitals and other charitable causes. When Edith died in 1960 the land of their estate became Wickham Park and it was their wish that the park be used by the public and be enjoyed for the natural beauty it provided. Today the park boasts many attractions including a bird sanctuary, playgrounds, tennis courts, softball diamonds and volleyball courts, a nature center and an aviary. Both educational and recreational, Wickham Park often hosts cross country races, golf tournaments, weddings, corporate events and nature and garden tours.
Riverhouse Catering has catered events at Wickham Park and enjoys being a part of the natural splendor that defines the landscape. From traditional outdoor summer weddings to private parties and company events. Wickham Park is an ideal location for a catered event in Connecticut and is open 7 days a week from the first weekend in April to the last weekend in October.
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