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What’s New at WDS – October 21, 2020

Below you’ll find three weekly columns created to keep you informed and entertained. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more photos and information. […]Details

What’s New at WDS – October 7, 2020

Below you’ll find three weekly columns created to keep you informed and entertained. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more photos and information. […]Details

What’s New at WDS – September 23, 2020

Below you’ll find three weekly columns created to keep you informed and entertained. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more photos and information.[…]Details

Witches & Tombstones Tours at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Bone-chilling, yet historically accurate, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s Witches and Tombstones Tours will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available below through PayPal. Admission: nonmembers – $20 per person, members – $17. *Please note – Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and […] Details.

Witch of Blackbird Pond Tours Through November 29

For the first time, the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum will offer Witch of Blackbird Pond Tours to the public at the beloved Buttolph-Williams House through November 15, 2020…[…]Details.

Tour a Garden by a Pioneering Female Landscape Architect

Though the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum Colonial Revival Garden will not be hosting guided tours for Connecticut Historic Gardens (CHG) Day this year due to COVID-19, the public is still invited to view a corner of the world as seen through the eyes of Amy Cogswell—one of the first female landscape architects in the United States—during a free abbreviated program on Sunday, June 28, 2020, from dawn to dusk. Face masks and social distancing will be required. […] 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.

A Recreated Dinner with Gen. Washington

On view now at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum is a special interpretation and exhibit of a little-known, but historic dinner held for General George Washington at the home of Silas and Elizabeth Deane on June 29, 1775. The Deane House is one of the three historical Wethersfield houses that now comprise WDS. Using their most […] Details.

Tags & Treasures Sale April 14 &15

Vintage Collectors & Antique Aficionados:

Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will be rummaging for this year’s hottest collectibles at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Tags & Treasures Sale, on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Webb Barn. $6 adult single-day admission, children $3.
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Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas at WDS

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 in fascinating detail how the American holiday season evolved over the past 300 years. Daytime Holiday Tours will be on December 9 – January 7, […] Details.

Alexander Hamilton to Visit WDS

The 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.

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Tour a Garden Designed by One of America’s First Female Landscape Architects

On Sunday, June 25, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m., the WDS Colonial Revival Garden will be one of 14 historic gardens highlighted for Connecticut Historic Gardens Day. Visitors during the free event will also have the chance to win a framed poster featuring the winning entry by the 2017 Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest, Connecticut artist Leif Nilsson. More details.

Up Close and Creepy: Witches & Tombstones Tours at WDS

Bone-chilling, historical details will be shared during the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual Witches and Tombstones Tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 per person. Space is limited and advance tickets may be purchased here.

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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.

Almost a Ph.D. in Baking? Prospect Native Goes Authentic For Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

When former Prospect, Connecticut, resident Tani Mauriello was asked to provide plenty of colonial-style bread, based on centuries-old recipes, for the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum’s authentic Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner (Sunday, November 15, 2015), Mauriello said she could easily rise to the occasion.

Mauriello will hand craft loaves of “thirded” and molasses pumpernickel bread for WDS’s Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner, and bake the rustic loaves in a 17th-century style, wood-fired oven at Plimoth Plantation. Remarkably, that same bread will then be transported to the museum by Priscilla Alden, who was a prominent guest at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Alden will be portrayed by Kathy Rudder, a colonial-foodways artisan, and manager of historical crafts, trades, and domestic skills at Plimoth Plantation. Similar to Mauriello, Rudder’s expertise encompasses the intersection of food in culture, traditions, and history.

Plymouth Pilgrim Priscilla Alden to Travel 400 Years For Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

November 15, 2015 – When the Pilgrims sat down to Thanksgiving dinner in 1621, they must have been grateful indeed. Beyond the turkey, and probably some hefty lobsters, the venison that was served was undoubtedly a treat. Back in England, deer were property of the King, and a forbidden delicacy, though some Pilgrims may have eaten “humble pie” made from the cast-off deer innards known as “humbles.” Thankfully, there will be no humble pie at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum’s 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 15. Yet, remarkably, Priscilla Alden—a prominent guest at the first Thanksgiving—will travel nearly four centuries to be there, in her finest dress. Alden will mingle with guests at the opening reception, at noon, and give an engaging presentation during the authentic, 18th century feast at 1 p.m.

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Up Close and Creepy: Wethersfield Witch Trials, Ancient Burying Grounds and a 19th-Century Wake at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

October 24 and 25, 2015 – The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will offer an up-close and creepy examination of all things macabre during their annual Witches and Tombstones Tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $13 per person. Space is limited and reservations are strongly advised. *Please note – Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs.

Subversive Art & the American Revolution: Early Portraiture’s Declaration of Independence

October 15, 2015 – Turns out a picture really is worth a thousand words, and art historian Rena Tobey maintains that a number of the most recognizable portraits created in 18th-century colonial America, speak volumes. Various works, Tobey says, could be considered downright subversive in the days leading to the Revolutionary War. On October 15, Tobey will visit the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum to demonstrate how paintings reflect the forming and shaping of the unique American identity.

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 […] Details.

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 […] Details.