Press Releases

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 […]

Outrageous and Courageous: CT Women and the Fight for Suffrage

Tracey Wilson to Lecture at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., in honor of Women’s History Month.

5th CT Regt. & Charging Horseman to Defend Wethersfield from Redcoats During Revolutionary War Encampment

Wethersfield, Conn. (April 8, 2015) – Huzzah! Memorial Day weekend begins with a bang at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum Revolutionary War Encampment. This year the encampment offers even more British Redcoats for the “surprise” attack, the addition of several crafters, and the return of the Big Bear Trading Company – with reproduction 18 and 19th-century […]

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Privies but Were too Polite to Ask:

Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund Grant Allows for Restoration of Historic Outhouses at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Wethersfield, Conn. (January 7, 2015)— Thanks to a $56,575 matching grant from the Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund, three rare, historic privies—known to some as outhouses—have been fully restored and are once again sitting pretty on the grounds of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum […]

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 […]

Ben Franklin to Set the Record Straight at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum – October 9

Will Visit Home of Colleague Silas Deane on October 9

It is unlikely Benjamin Franklin ever visited the Wethersfield home of his friend and colleague, Silas Deane, during the Revolutionary War. But, on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., Franklin will stop at Deane’s residence—albeit a little late. More…

Tours of Garden by One of America’s First Female Landscape Architects Offered on CT Historic Gardens Day, June 22

Come 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 U.S. and designer of the Colonial Revival Garden at WDS…

British Attack, 5th Connecticut Regiment and 18th-Century Horsemanship at Revolutionary War Encampment May 24

May 24, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thundering across a field at a full canter toward his “adversary,” an 18th century horseman raises his sword and slashes through… a melon? Bolton resident David Loda will reenact this and other mock battle scenes as Lieutenant Colonel David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to General George Washington, during the sixth annual Revolutionary War Encampment at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum.

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.

Mrs. Claus to Join Party Celebrating the Origin of Santa at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Wethersfield, Conn. (November 27, 2013) – Mrs. S. Claus will make a special guest appearance at the lively Holiday-Preview Party at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on December 13, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. The museum invited Mrs. Claus, one the season’s most endearing figures, to read aloud the beloved classic, “The Night before Christmas or […]

Celebrating the Origin of Santa and Three Centuries of Christmas at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Wethersfield, Conn. (November 13, 2013) –When theologian Clement Moore penned the words, “Twas the night before Christmas…” in 1822, he could not have imagined the impact his poem would have on future generations. What Moore originally created to amuse his children is largely responsible for establishing the image of Santa Claus as he is known today: […]

The Great Molasses Shortage of 1705 and More …

Prudence Sloane Adds Fun to Bill of Fare at 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. Connecticut Yankees have always taken pumpkin pie pretty seriously—especially at Thanksgiving—according to culinary educator, food journalist and TV chef Prudence Sloane. When the Connecticut River froze early in the fall of 1705, creating what might have been called The Great Molasses Shortage of 1705, the leaders of Colchester, Connecticut, postponed Thanksgiving until enough of the precious brown goo could be shipped in for the requisite pies.

Wethersfield Witch Trials, Ancient Burying Grounds, and an 1830s Wake at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

When Wethersfield resident Katherine Harrison married “up” in the mid-1600s, people talked. When the widowed former servant had issues with her neighbors, they accused her of witchcraft. Harrison narrowly escaped the noose, but was banished and financially ruined.

Connecticut Magazine’s Best of Connecticut 2013 Winner

Museums Historic Home: Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Wethersfield, (860) 529-0612 (webb-deane-stevens.org) History buffs will have a field day exploring the 18th-century homes that make up the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in the historic district of Old Wethersfield. Beautifully preserved and lovingly restored, the 1752 Joseph Webb House, the 1770 Silas Deane House and the 1789 Isaac Stevens House depict […]

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 […]

Wethersfield Witch Trials, Ancient Burying Grounds, and an 1830s Wake at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Wethersfield, Conn. (September 3, 2013) –When Wethersfield resident Katherine Harrison married “up” in the mid-1600s, people talked. When the widowed former servant had issues with her neighbors, they accused her of witchcraft. Harrison narrowly escaped the noose, but was banished and financially ruined. Details on Harrison’s and other Wethersfield witchcraft cases, 19th-century funeral practices, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

18th-Century ‘Horsemanship With Arms’ and Expanded British Attack Added for 2013

Revolutionary War Encampment at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Wethersfield, Conn. (March 22, 2013) –– Thundering across a field at a full canter toward his “adversary,” an 18th century horseman raises his sword and slashes through… a melon? Bolton resident David Loda will reenact this and other mock battle scenes as Lieutenant Colonel David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to General […]

Swimming Against the Tide in Crinoline and Pin Curls: The Life and Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker

Author Susan Campbell to Lecture on Rebellious Suffragist and Abolitionist Isabella Beecher Hooker at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum What: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will host a lecture, “Swimming Against the Tide in Crinoline and Pin Curls: The Life and Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker,” featuring award-winning author Susan Campbell, on Thursday, March 21, 2013, […]