WDS Reopens with Modified Schedule, Big Plans

WDS Reopens with Modified Schedule, Big Plans

The Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum held a successful “soft” reopening on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 after an extended closure due to COVID-19. WDS staff are diligently following state guidelines for reopening. New protocols include masks being required of all visitors and staff. Hand sanitizer and gloves are available for visitors, and new traffic-flow procedures have been established.

Initially, WDS is offering tours on a part-time, limited basis. Tours in groups of no more than four people will be offered at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and on Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Advance reservations may be made by calling Acting Co-Director Cynthia Riccio at 860-529-0612, ext. 12, or emailing her at criccio@webb-deane-stevens.org. Guided tours include the Joseph Webb House, the Silas Deane House, built for America’s first diplomat to France, and the Isaac Stevens House, which demonstrates Connecticut life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Riccio notes “The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum is a national treasure, so we are thrilled to open back up for the season.” Noting that the historic site is a popular summertime destination, Riccio explains, “When people hear for the first time that General George Washington and French General Rochambeau met here in the Joseph Webb House and planned the march that ultimately led to the end of the Revolutionary War, they are proud, and often astonished, that Connecticut served as a foundry for our fledgling democracy; they are also instant fans.”

WDS is nearing completion of its new, $6.5-million Education and Visitor Center that will bring exciting changes to Wethersfield, the largest historic district in the state. When the new Education and Visitor Center opens later this year, WDS will be able to offer year-round, hands-on programming for the public, school groups, and private-tour groups. The center will also add much-needed exhibition and public-meeting spaces, facilities for research, and handicapped access in the Webb House. The expansion will also boost the museum’s already considerable economic impact on the surrounding community, benefitting area businesses and bolstering Wethersfield’s heritage tourism. For more information visit www.webb-deane-stevens.org or call Riccio at (860)529-0612, ext. 12.

About the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Located in the heart of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum provides the quintessential New England experience – from the American Revolution to the early 20th century. Tours include the 1752 Joseph Webb House, where General George Washington met with French General Rochambeau and planned the military campaign leading to the end of the Revolutionary War; the 1770 Silas Deane House, built for America’s first diplomat to France; and the 1788 Isaac Stevens House, which depicts Connecticut life in the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information visit: www.webb-deane-stevens.org or call (860) 529-0612, and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WDSMUSEUM.

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