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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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.

My Wife Abigail Adams, America’s First Modern Woman

Wethersfield, Conn. (August 12, 2013) –You may have missed this in history class: proto feminist Abigail Adams made huge profits while speculating in junk bonds during the Revolutionary War. At a time when married women weren’t allowed to own property, Abigail made a killing and left her family wealthy and debt free. Notably, this was […] Details.

Interiors Tell the Tale Centuries Later: Wealthy Colonials Threw it all Away for the Revolution

Historian Judy Anderson Draws Intriguing Parallels Between Rebels and Their Décor Three self-made, wealthy businessmen—two in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and one in Marblehead, Massachusetts—gambled, and lost, everything for the American Revolution. Before fomenting rebellion, the same three—Joseph Webb, Jr., Silas Deane and Jeremiah Lee—lavishly decorated their homes to levels previously unprecedented in their communities. In an […] Details.

The March Heard ’Round the World: Wethersfield, Washington and Rochambeau

Lecture by Historian/Author Jini Jones Vail What: According to author Jini Jones Vail, were it not for the involvement of French General Rochambeau in the American Revolution, “We’d be speaking the King’s English right now.” The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, in Wethersfield, Connecticut, will host a presentation by Vail, the author of“Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant, A French General’s […] Details.

Interiors Tell the Tale Centuries Later: Wealthy Colonials Threw it all Away for the Revolution

Historian Judy Anderson Draws Intriguing Parallels Between Rebels and Their Décor Three self-made, wealthy businessmen—two in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and one in Marblehead, Massachusetts—gambled, and lost, everything for the American Revolution. Before fomenting rebellion, the same three—Joseph Webb, Jr., Silas Deane and Jeremiah Lee—lavishly decorated their homes to levels previously unprecedented in their communities. In an upcoming […] Details.

The March Heard ’Round the World: Wethersfield, Washington and Rochambeau

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum to Host Lecture by Historian/Author Jini Jones Vail What: According to author Jini Jones Vail, were it not for the involvement of French General Rochambeau in the American Revolution, “We’d be speaking the King’s English right now.” The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, in Wethersfield, Connecticut, will host a presentation by Vail, the author of“Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal […] Details.

Dazzling Youth Fife and Drum Corps from Michigan to Perform in Wethersfield While on National Tour

Great Photo/Video Op! July 21 – Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum What: Did you know that fifing and drumming were used during times of war to relay commands to soldier and direct the movements of units, as well as to provide inspiration and marching rhythm? The shrillness of the fifes and pounding of the drums could be heard over […] Details.