Exhibits & Events

“Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour

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 on 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!

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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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Recent Archaeological Discoveries at WDS

Recent archaeological work at WDS has resulted in exciting discoveries spanning nearly four centuries. Members of Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. (PAST), which performed the dig, will shed light on their findings during a multi-media presentation on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Webb Barn. The free event will be preceded by a wine reception (by donation), at 6:00.

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Antiques 101 – Digging Deeper Tour

Is it real or reproduction? Whether you’ve wondered if the dining set you inherited is really an antique, or merely dreamt of hitting it big on “Antiques Roadshow,” the new “Antiques 101” Digging Deeper Tour could prove helpful. “Antiques 101” is a workshop-style tour during which participants can learn some of the basics on how to distinguish authentic colonial furniture from reproductions. November 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas – Dazzling Preview Party, Candlelight and Daytime Tours

The 2017 season will begin with the lively WDS Holiday Preview Party on Friday, December 8, 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, wines and live holiday music, and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and guides in period dress. View more details.

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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.

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 […]

Quill Pens and Two-Tined Forks: Interesting Oddities Offered at Revolutionary War Encampment

When organizers of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Revolutionary War Encampment wanted to add a new element to their painstakingly authentic event, they naturally decided on a sutler—a military merchant—who hails from Rhode Island and brings with him with an interesting history of his own…

Tags & Treasures Sale, March 22 & 23

Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will rummage for this year’s hottest collectibles at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum Tags & Treasures Sale, on Saturday March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Webb Barn at 211 Main St., Wethersfield, Connecticut. $5 admission. Bag sale, 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday: fill bags provided by the museum for only $3 per bag.