Brilliantly colored and richly detailed clothing, shoes, and linens dating from the 1700s and mid-1800s will be featured during the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum “Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour.
Tours will be held on:
- Saturday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 7, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended for this behind-the-scenes view of an historic and well-preserved collection! $20 general admission. This is an updated version of last year’s tour, with additional materials.
Digging Deeper Tours are professionally curated, interactive, behind-the-scenes examinations of specific aspects of the lives of the former residents of the three homes that comprise the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. WDS maintains a treasure trove of 18th-century imported and domestically produced fabrics thanks, in part, to Wethersﬁeld’s role as a port and commercial center making importation of English and other goods (including cotton and indigo from the West Indies) easier. While the primary fabrics were silk, wool and linen, by the 19th century much of the material was produced in mills rather than in the home. During the “Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour, guides will show off more of WDS’s most prized possessions, and discuss the home as source of textile production, domestic labor, including spinning/weaving contributing to domestic economy, and textiles as an indicator of wealth/social status.