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Historic Wethersfield Three-House Tour

Travel back to the 18th century in the beautifully preserved Historic Wethersfield, which can be done in an afternoon.
Begin with a tour of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, which consists of three meticulously restored homes. Tour the three homes, and immerse yourself in the life of the mid-18th and early-19th centuries with many a tale of the charm, hardship and political intrigue of that era.

The 1752 Joseph Webb House served as George Washington’s headquarters in May 1781 and was later owned by artist and antiquarian Wallace Nutting. The Silas Deane House, circa 1770, was built for America’s Revolutionary War diplomat to France as both his residence and as a power base for his political aspirations. The Isaac Stevens House, 1789, depicts the life of a middle-class family in the 1820s and 1830s using many original family possessions.

After the tour stroll through the lovely Colonial Revival Garden, designed by one of America’s first female landscape architects.

Stop for lunch at Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill, serving up an inventive array of dishes. Dine inside the two-story historic home or out on the patio.

End your afternoon at Comstock, Ferre & Co., the oldest continuously operating seed company in the United States. This vibrant seed house has offered heirloom varieties for more than 200 years.

For more information:
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum – 860-529-0612
Lucky Lou’s – 860-257-0700
Comstock, Ferré & Co. - 860-571-6590

If you have more time to explore Historic Wethersfield, consider this tour.
Enter the Wethersfield Cove from the Connecticut River, designated in 1799 by the U.S. Congress as an official port of entry, you will see before you the Cove Warehouse, constructed in 1690. It is the only remaining one of the six warehouses built on Wethersfield Cove before 1700 to handle the valley, coastal and West Indian trade. It now holds a fine collection of marine charts, ship models, fishing and net-making gear and nautical instruments. (open mid-May to mid-Oct: Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1-4pm. (860-529-7656)

Walk ½ mile into the center of Old Wethersfield founded in 1634, the State’s largest historic district, where you will find quaint shops and museums in ancient warehouses, vintage homes, restaurants, art galleries. Stop and shop for antiques, jewelry, crafts, and gifts at our varied shops and boutiques.

First stop should be at the Visitors Center at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, which also houses the Wethersfield Museum of the Wethersfield Historical Society. It features permanent and changing exhibits, a gift shop, and visitor services. (Mon.-Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun, 1-4pm) (860-529-7161).

Across the street you will find the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. Visit the Buttolph-Williams House - 249 Main Street (860-247-8996) built in 1692, which is the oldest restored dwelling in Wethersfield.

Buy your seed packets for flowers, herbs or vegetable at either Comstock Ferre (the oldest catalogue seed company in the USA) or Hart Seed across the street.

Have Lunch at Village Pizza (233 Main Street. 860-563-1513) or Mainly Tea - 221 Main Street. (860-592-9517) Green Bean Deli (For a cup of coffee and a snack stop at Crown & Kringle (860-529-0753) (8am-5pm)

After lunch view the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department, the oldest of its kind in continuous operation in the United States!

Conclude your tour by visiting the Ancient Burying Ground on your way back to the Cove. It contains fine folk art examples of Connecticut valley gravestone carvers, and is located behind the 1764 brick Meetinghouse.

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