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The red onion of Wethersfield now is thought to have fed slaves on West Indian sugar plantations. Brenda Milkofsky, director of the Wethersfield Historical Society, believes the decline in onion exports coincided with the end of slavery. Warehouses like this one on the Wethersfield Cove, a deep port in the 1700s and 1800s, stored ropes of onions and other goods before shipping to the Indies.
August 28, 2002