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Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas  – Candlelight and Daytime Tours

Each year—using armloads of greenery and native plants, authentic decorations from days of yore, and some pretty clever food-styling tricks—the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s “Three Centuries of Christmas” tours show how the holiday season has evolved throughout the museum’s three elegantly appointed houses.

Candlelight tours, with guides in period dress, will be on Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. Daylight holiday tours will be on December 10 – 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sundays (1 to 4 p.m.), closed Tuesdays. Admission for holiday tours is $12 and payable at the door. View more details.

Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas – Dazzling Preview Party

The 2016 season kicks off with the lively WDS Holiday Preview Party on Friday, December 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests will delight in a candlelight preview of the dazzling holiday decorations throughout the museum, stroll from house to house enjoying delicious food, wine, ale, and live holiday music, and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and guides in period dress. Admission is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. View more details.

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Historian Bill Hosley To Present “Wallace Nutting’s Crusade for the Colonial Past”

Historian Bill Hosley will share his insight on Wallace Nutting this fall during a free presentation in the Webb Barn at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum onThursday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. Hosley will discuss “Wallace Nutting’s Crusade for the Colonial Past.” The event will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.

Wallace Nutting Weekend– Sept. 22-24: Lecture, Auction and Conference in Wethersfield

The public is invited to a special Wallace Nutting Weekend in Wethersfield, September 22 -24, 2016, in conjunction with the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum exhibition: “Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer,” which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Nutting’s opening of the historic Joseph Webb House to the public. Hosted by the Wallace Nutting Collectors Club, the weekend includes the group’s fall conference, including a lecture, auction, marketplace and presentations. Admission to all Wallace Nutting Weekend events is free. Tours of the Nutting exhibition at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum are $8. The exhibition is made possible with financial support from Connecticut Humanities, and will run through October 30, 2016.
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‘Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer’ Exhibition is a Centennial Celebration

Among the “ten commandments” Wallace Nutting distributed to workers building his line of furniture was the decree: ‘Let nothing leave your hands until you are proud of the work.” Nutting’s attention to detail and groundbreaking accomplishments in promoting American history and antiques are celebrated in the exhibition, “Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer,” 100 years after Nutting opened the historic Joseph Webb House to the public for the first time. Held in collaboration with The Wallace Nutting Collector’s Club, the exhibition is made possible with financial support from Connecticut Humanities, and will run through October 30, 2016. Admission to the exhibit is $8.
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New ‘Digging Deeper’ Tour Examines Revolutionary Soldier’s Life

Seconds after the nine-pound musket is raised to Anthony Riccio’s shoulder onlookers are momentarily riveted by a brilliant flash, billowing smoke and a resounding blast. As the scent of gunpowder clears, a connection with the past is made; the sense of living history is complete. Riccio’s 18th-century musket demonstration serves as the finale of the new “Revolutionary Soldier” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. Offering an in-depth view of the life of a typical Continental soldier, upcoming tours for “A Soldier’s Life” are November 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

“Textile Treasures” Digging Deeper Tour

When textile and costume expert Lynne Bassett was invited to consult on a new textile tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum, she was genuinely surprised at the quality of the collection. There, among the brilliantly colored and richly detailed clothing, shoes, and linens dating from the 1690s to mid-1800s, lay several Sarah Noyes Chester crewelwork pieces. To put that into perspective, Chester’s crewelwork bed cover, part of the same set, is at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the first time, the public can get a behind-the-scenes view of this historic and remarkably well-preserved collection during the WDS “Textile Treasures” Digging Deeper Tour, on October 8, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

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Tour a Garden by One of America’s First Female Landscape Architects on Connecticut Historic Gardens Day, June 26

The public is invited to view a small piece of the world as it was seen through the eyes of Amy Cogswell—one of the first female landscape architects in the United States and designer of the Colonial Revival Garden at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. On Sunday, June 26, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m., the WDS Colonial Revival Garden will be one of 14 historic gardens highlighted for Connecticut Historic Gardens Day.

Sword-Wielding Horsemen & 5th CT Regt. to Clash During Revolutionary War Encampment

Memorial Day weekend will begin with a bang at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Revolutionary War Encampment, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016. This year brings two sword-wielding, 18th-century horsemen—David Loda and John Catalfumo—representing colonial and British officers, respectively, to engage in a swordfight on horseback. They will also make a dashing pair atop their gleaming horses as they lead the charge in a skirmish between opposing forces. The event follows the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade and lasts until 4 p.m. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission charged for optional tours of the museum.

Exhibit Highlighting 100th Anniversary of Wallace Nutting’s Webb House Opens July 4

Among the “ten commandments” Wallace Nutting distributed to the workers building his line of furniture was the decree: ‘Let nothing leave your hands until you are proud of the work.” Nutting’s attention to detail and his groundbreaking accomplishments in promoting American history and antiques will be celebrated in “Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer,” an exhibition that […]

Vintage Collectors & Antique Aficionados: Tags & Treasures Sale April 2 and 3 at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will be rummaging for this year’s hottest collectibles at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum Tags & Treasures Sale, on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Webb Barn at 211 Main St., Wethersfield, Connecticut. $5 adult single-day admission, children $3.

The bi-annual event features hundreds of household items, including furniture, vintage pieces, and historic estate items from some of Connecticut’s oldest families. Other treasures at this year’s sale: glass, sterling silver, china, linens, fine jewelry and books – all donated by the Colonial Dames, who maintain the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.

Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum: Dazzling Preview Party, Candlelight and Daytime Tours

The 2015 season kicks off with the lively WDS Holiday Preview Party, on Friday, December 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests will delight in a preview of the dazzling holiday decorations throughout the museum, stroll from house to house enjoying delicious food, wine, ale, and live holiday music, and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and guides in period dress.

“Three Centuries of Christmas” evening-candlelight tours of the three elegantly appointed, historic houses—featuring guides in period dress sharing the fascinating history of Christmas and New Year’s Day—will be on Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. Daylight “Three Centuries of Christmas” tours will be on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 12 – Jan 3.

Bill Hosley to Examine the Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

October 8, 2015 – Historian Bill Hosley will share his insight on what was once one of the cultural cradles of American civilization—Connecticut’s central valley, which blazed trails in art, architecture, technology, industry, agriculture, governance, religion, and social reform—at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Webb Barn.

The Vilest Deeds: Silas Deane, Edward Bancroft and the American Revolution

October 1, 2015 – There will be an airing of historical dirty laundry at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on Thursday, October 1, 2015, as Professor of History Thomas J. Schaeper, Ph.D., of St. Bonaventure University, presents “The Vilest Deeds: Silas Deane, Edward Bancroft and the American Revolution” at 6:30 p.m. in the Webb Barn.

Tour a Garden by One of America’s First Female Landscape Architects on Connecticut Historic Gardens Day, June 28

Wethersfield, Conn. (May 12, 2015 –The public is invited to view a small piece of the world as it was seen through the eyes of Amy Cogswell—one of the first female landscape architects in the United States and designer of  the Colonial Revival Garden at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. On Sunday, June 28, 2015 from noon […]

The ‘Cooking Skewer’ That Helped Win the War – Bayonet Demo Added to WDS Revolutionary War Encampment

Wethersfield, Conn. (May 1, 2015) – Strange, yet true: In the early days of the Revolutionary War, American soldiers used the bayonet mostly as a cooking skewer or tool rather than a fighting instrument. Thankfully,Wethersfield’s best-known patriot, Silas Deane, and his friend and colleague Benjamin Franklin (America’s ambassadors to France), helped make it possible for […]

Outrageous and Courageous: CT Women and the Fight for Suffrage

Tracey Wilson to Lecture at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., in honor of Women’s History Month.

5th CT Regt. & Charging Horseman to Defend Wethersfield from Redcoats During Revolutionary War Encampment

Wethersfield, Conn. (April 8, 2015) – Huzzah! Memorial Day weekend begins with a bang at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum Revolutionary War Encampment. This year the encampment offers even more British Redcoats for the “surprise” attack, the addition of several crafters, and the return of the Big Bear Trading Company – with reproduction 18 and 19th-century […]

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Privies but Were too Polite to Ask:

Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund Grant Allows for Restoration of Historic Outhouses at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Wethersfield, Conn. (January 7, 2015)— Thanks to a $56,575 matching grant from the Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund, three rare, historic privies—known to some as outhouses—have been fully restored and are once again sitting pretty on the grounds of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum […]

Christopher Prosperi to Reflect on Thanksgiving at 18th-Century Dinner – November 16

Wethersfield, Conn. (September 18, 2014)—Christopher Prosperi, one of the most engaging top chefs in Connecticut cuisine, will visit the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum on Sunday, November 16, 2014, to share his views on the history of what many consider to be the ultimate comfort food—the traditional Thanksgiving feast. The setting is fitting: one would be hard-pressed […]

Ben Franklin to Set the Record Straight at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum – October 9

Will Visit Home of Colleague Silas Deane on October 9

It is unlikely Benjamin Franklin ever visited the Wethersfield home of his friend and colleague, Silas Deane, during the Revolutionary War. But, on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., Franklin will stop at Deane’s residence—albeit a little late. More…

Tours of Garden by One of America’s First Female Landscape Architects Offered on CT Historic Gardens Day, June 22

Come view a small piece of the world as it was seen through the eyes of Amy Cogswell—one of the first female landscape architects in the U.S. and designer of the Colonial Revival Garden at WDS…