Witches and Tombstones Tour


graveyard-webThe 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 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance tickets may be purchased below. *Please note – Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs.

Starting from the Webb House, at 211 Main Street, a tour guide leads the way to the circa 1714 Buttolph-Williams House for tales from the notorious Wethersfield Witch Trials – which preceded the Salem Witch Trials by 30 years. In fact, the confession of witchcraft by Wethersfield resident Mary Johnson in 1648 was the first of 43 Connecticut cases, with 11 of them ending in execution.

The second stop on the tour is the Wethersfield Ancient Burying Ground, where, among other gruesome details, visitors will hear details of Connecticut’s first mass murder, and discover how gravestones warned the living of their own impending peril.

Back at the Isaac Stevens House, visitors will step back in time and view a room fully prepared for a wake, replete with coffin, draped windows and mirrors. A guide will explain 19th-century mourning practices, how illnesses were treated in the Isaac Stevens House, and discuss how the living dealt with fears of being buried alive.