I recently received an email from a friend asking about the origin of the street names in the “W” section of Weathersfield. In case you’re unfamiliar with the “W” section, this is the earliest part of the Weathersfield development and is on the southwest corner of Schaumburg and Springinsguth Roads.
Some of the street names there include: Winthrop, Westover, Wedgewood, Warwick, etc. It’s rather curious that they all begin with “W” but, because this is the original part of the construction, much care would have been taken with the naming of the streets. We can assume it was a very intentional part of their plan.
The Weathersfield development was begun in 1959 by Alfred Campanelli who was from Massachusetts. With so much potential land to use and, with the intent of building a large development, naming of the streets would have been given great consideration. In a sense, the Campanellis were immigrants moving to a new place and, as so often happens when people venture forth, they bring the names of the old, familiar places with them. As a result, the names in that “W” section are all locales from the East Coast.
We have other names in the Weathersfield development like Brockton, Concord, Kingston, Duxbury, Dedham, Hingham, Plymouth, Hingham, Salem and Cambridge that are town names right out of the Northeast. In fact, should we assume that the entire development was named for Weathersfield, VT?
A number of the street names can be attributed to some of the East Coast prep schools like Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Radcliffe and Groton. Others like Revere, Carver and Standish are clearly historical figures from early American history. And, then, there are the personal names like Leila, Charlene, Patricia, Jeffrey, Williams, Andrew and Victoria. It is possible they are the names of family members or associates.
If you are an original Weathersfield owner or are familiar with the reason behind the naming of one or some of the streets, it would be welcome information to add to this posting. After all, you have to wonder how Capri, Coral and Clover fit into that New England frame of mind, don’t you?
My thanks to B. Lane for her invaluable assistance with this posting.