Alexander Hamilton to Visit WDS

HamiltonThe final battle of the American Revolution was planned by George Washington and French General Rochambeau at the home of Joseph Webb, in Wethersfield, Connecticut in May, 1781. Two months later, Alexander Hamilton led three battalions in that final battle, in Yorktown, Virginia, in conjunction with allied French troops, and forced the British surrender. It seems fitting that Hamilton will visit the former Webb home, now part of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS), on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The free event in the Webb Barn will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.

Hamilton will be portrayed in period clothing by veteran reenactor Ian Rose as part of the WDS Fall Lecture Series. Rose will discuss Hamilton’s life and legacy, from his illegitimate birth and colorful career, to his tragic early death following a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. Rose will also examine how many of the debates Hamilton engaged in during the country’s tumultuous early years are still taking place today.

For many years Hamilton was perhaps best known as the man on the ten-dollar bill. With the success of the blockbuster-musical “Hamilton!” one of the country’s most controversial Founding Fathers is now a household word. Rose has never seen the show, but he met the creator, Lin Manual Miranda, at the opening of Hamilton’s former home in New York, The Grange, in 2011, where they discovered they shared a fascination for the early American statesman.

During his short life, Hamilton was an attorney, an aide to General Washington, and, briefly, a field commander, and he later he served as the first Secretary of the Treasury. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, founder of the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, the nation’s financial system, and The New York Post. He was also the first major American politician publicly involved in a sex scandal.

Rose has portrayed Hamilton across the country since 2001 at venues ranging from The State Department to Valley Forge, and has portrayed him in numerous films. Rose is the “fight director” at Temple University—teaching students sword-fighting techniques—and has appeared in television commercials, off-Broadway shows and many Shakespeare festivals. He is a certified fight director and instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada.

The WDS Fall Lecture Series will conclude on October 26 as members of Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc. discuss the initial findings of a recent archeological survey at the WDS site.