Located in the center of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum provides the quintessential New England experience. Visitors are immersed in life of the mid-18th and early-19th centuries during informative and entertaining one-hour tours. We also host a number of annual events to entertain, educate and enlighten visitors.
First opened in 1919, the Museum is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Connecticut and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Tour four remarkable 18th-century houses

Joseph Webb House

The 1752 Joseph Webb House is where George Washington and French General Rochambeau met in May 1781 to plan the campaign which led several months later to the final battle of the Revolutionary War and the defeat of the British in Yorktown, Virginia. The Webb House was later owned by photographer and antiquarian Wallace Nutting. Read more.

Silas Deane House

Silas Deane House

The Silas Deane House, circa 1770, was built for America’s Revolutionary War diplomat to France as both his residence and as a power base for his political aspirations. The Deane House features an excellent collection of mid-to-late 18th century furniture made in Connecticut. The kitchen and second floor chamber in the rear interpret the life of slaves in this period. Read more.

Isaac Stevens House

Isaac Stevens House

The Isaac Stevens House depicts the life of a middle class family in the 1820s and 30s, with many original family possessions and a fascinating period toy exhibit. The interiors have recently been reinterpreted with the installation of reproduction block-printed wallpapers, which had become affordable and were very popular in middle class households at the time. Read more.

Buttolph Williams House

Buttolph-Williams House

Within easy walking distance is the Buttolph-Williams House. Owned by Connecticut Landmarks and managed by the Museum, it captures the spirit of Puritan life in New England in the 17th century and is the setting for the Newberry Award-Winning novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958) by Elizabeth George Speare. Read more.


News And Events

Colonial CT Food & Drink to be Deconstructed at WDS

Early Nutmeggers quaffed and consumed some strange substances, from rattle-skull (rum, dark beer, lime, brandy and sherry) to hasty pudding, (barely digestible during those early years). Authors Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki will delight attendees with surprising, and sometimes amusing, tales of what our forebears managed to ingest in a presentation based on their […] Details.

General Washington to Return to Webb House After 238 Years

He was a magnificent dancer, the most graceful figure seen on horseback (according to Thomas Jefferson), an astute politician, and he had a terrific throwing arm. Abigail Adams was very impressed with him. So, when John Koopman III steps forward as General George Washington at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS) he’ll have to fill some very […] Details.

Battlefield Archaeology & Wethersfield in the Pequot War

Kevin McBride, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut, says the Pequot attack on Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1637, was the most significant event of the Pequot War and led to Connecticut’s declaration of war against the Pequot tribe a week later. McBride will explore the implications of the attack and its connection to […] Details.