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What’s New at WDS – May 13, 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 – May 6, 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.

What’s New at WDS – April 29, 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. Everyday Living at WDS “Quarrel not nor contend with thy brethren or sisters, but live in love, peace and unity.” Beyond the archaic language (from “The School […] Details.

What’s New at WDS – April 22, 2020

Below you’ll find three weekly columns to keep you informed and entertained. We encourage you to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more photos and information. Objects A to Z with Curator Rich Malley “B” is for Brownstone! This week’s exploration focuses on brownstone—the reddish-brown sandstone found in a number of places around […] Details.

What’s New at WDS – April 15, 2020

As we all continue to adjust to the challenging circumstances wrought by the Covid19 virus, the entire WDS staff wishes you well! We miss seeing members, friends, and volunteers and the forging of new friendships with first-time visitors.  We’re diligently working behind the scenes (mostly at home) with curatorial, educational and editorial duties and planning, […] Details.

COVID-19 UPDATE, April 14, 2020

Dear Friends, Based upon recent updates to restrictions by the State of Connecticut to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Museum will remain closed to the public through May 30. The situation will be monitored to determine the safest possible time to reopen. State restrictions must first be lifted. As of now, […] Details.

POSTPONED:Vintage Collectors & Antique Aficionados: Tags & Treasures Sale

Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will be rummaging for this year’s hottest collectibles at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum Tags & Treasures Sale, originally onSaturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will now be POSTPONED, in the Webb Barn at 211 Main St., Wethersfield, CT. $5 adult […] Details.

Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas

Each year, using armloads of greenery and native plants and authentic decorations from days of yore, 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. These special tours will be offered on weekends in December: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., […] Details.

Dinner with George Washington Digging Deeper Tour

Curious about historical cooking techniques and food? Join us for the “Dinner with George Washington” Digging Deeper Tour on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended. For tickets visit: https://webb-deane-stevens.org/tour-tickets-2/ Digging Deeper Tours are professionally curated, interactive, behind-the-scenes examinations […] Details.

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.

18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will host an authentic 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner in the rustic Webb Barn on Sunday, November 10, 2019, from 12 to 3 p.m. Dinner will feature a sumptuous bill of fare based on old New England recipes designed by a culinary historian. The event begins with a reception in a heated tent adjacent […] Details.

Revolutionary War Encampment

Huzzah! Memorial Day weekend begins with a bang at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Revolutionary War Encampment. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 211 Main St., following the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade, and lasts until 4 p.m. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission will be charged for optional tours […] Details.

Three Centuries of Christmas at WDS

Each year, using armloads of greenery and native plants, and authentic decorations from days of yore, the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum’s “Three Centuries of Christmas” tours show in fascinating detail how the American holiday season evolved over the past 300 years. WDS Holiday Tours will be offered December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019, from 10 […] Details.

Archeology Reveals the ‘Plymouth Colony’ of Connecticut at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Wethersfield, Conn. (Oct. 25, 2018)—Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc. (PAST) will be completing an historic archaeological dig at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum on October 30 and 31, 2018. Media are invited to attend from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. According to Sarah P. Sportman, senior archaeologist leading the project, “This is the earliest archeological evidence of […] Details.

A Connecticut Curator in the President’s House: Susan Schoelwer Presentation September 20

In 2010, Susan P. Schoelwer, former curator at the Connecticut Historical Society, departed New England for Mount Vernon. Much like Twain’s Connecticut Yankee, she quickly learned that things were vastly different there.On Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., Schoelwer will regale an audience with, “Mount Vernon: A Connecticut Curator in the President’s House,” at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS). The free event in the Webb Barn will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m. View more…

The Wethersfield War: Hunger, Rumor, and the Cost of Battles Fought

Walter Woodward Presentation at WDS
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., join the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum to see why scholars believe recent discoveries on the grounds of the museum may be among the most important archaeological finds in Connecticut. The free event in the Webb Barn will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson to Pay a Visit to WDS

From PBS to Comedy Central, whenever Bill Barker takes the stage the crowd is justifiably astonished at his resemblance to Thomas Jefferson. On Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., Barker will don his nattiest 19th-century attire and bring the nation’s third president to life in the Webb Barn at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS). The free event, “A Conversation with Mr. Jefferson,” will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m. More details…

Bone-Chilling Yet Historically Accurate: Witches & Tombstones Tours Oct. 27 & 28

Bone-chilling, yet historically accurate, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s Witches and Tombstones Tours will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28. $18 per person. These 90-minute, timed tours leave every 45 minutes starting at 10 a.m. Advance tickets go on sale September 25 and may be purchased here.

*Please note – Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs and are not appropriate for children under 12.

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New Tiny Treasures at WDS in 2018

Those with a passion for a rare find and an eye for exquisite detail are invited to view what’s new in the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS) collection as the 2018 season begins. WDS Executive Director Charles Lyle points out several tiny treasures, and a couple of restored favorites, recently added throughout the museum’s three historic homes. […] Details.

18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will host an authentic 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner in the rustic Webb Barn on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 12 to 3 p.m. Dinner will feature a sumptuous bill of fare based on old New England recipes designed by a culinary historian.
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WDS Revolutionary War Encampment

Huzzah! Memorial Day weekend begins with a bang at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Revolutionary War Encampment. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 211 Main St., following the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade, and lasts until 4 p.m. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission will be charged for optional tours of the museum. More info…