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“"Witchcraft and Tombstones" Tour”

Webb Deane Stevens Museum
Reviewed October 26, 2012

I had been to the Webb Deane Stevens Museum over the summer. It was a nice tour, but nowhere as entertaining as the "Witchcraft and Tombstones" Tour that I joined in on Saturday, October 20th. And what a beautiful day it was. It had to be about 70 degrees, with the perfect amount of sun and wind. Could not have asked for a better day. The tour consisted of an informative and enjoyable 1.5 hours spent at the Buttolph Williams House, ancient burying ground, and lastly, one of the houses that make up part of the museum. And, all this for the great price of $10. Reservations highly suggested.

Tour starts at the Buttolph-Williams House, which has on display replicas of what would have been period time pieces of the 1600's, and the partial setting for "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" written by Elizabeth George Speare. A great, Newbury Award winning novel, highly recommended a read.

I highly suggest this tour for anyone interested learning some great facts about CT History during the mid 1600's.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The three houses are authentic and well preserved examples of 18th C American domestic architecture and all are furnished in period style. These are not reconstructions but the real thing! See them.

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Part of four historical museum buildings to visit while in the town of Old Wethersfield, this tour should be on your 'must do' list.
In other words you will want to plan a day or weekend here to see into its historical past. Wethersfield is post card beautiful with tree-lined streets, lanes and many quaint buildings in the area to stroll past.

Three houses and the barn can be visited but check the opening/closing times as Tuesdays seems to be a closed day. We saw the three houses for $10 p/p with a dollar discount being a AAA member.

The guide will tell you about he people who lived and visited here including George Washington. It is an engaging narration and at the end you will feel a part of this story. They will also explain the time line of events with the successive owners and how they lived in the 1700's and beyond. All the restoration work here is authentic and everything has been sympathetically and realistically done to rediscover the style of the time.

No cameras or videos are allowed, however, some books, postcards and gifts are available as keepsakes of your visit if you wish. The gift shop is an eclectic mix in the New England style, all very pretty with other interesting things to choose from.

The house is amazing but the best part of the tour was our compelling guide who made you realise the importance of preservation. This museum deserves all the patronage it can get, as it will be kept for future generations to know about early American History.

Enjoy your visit!

1  Thank Globebugs
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Three very interesting historic houses in quaint Old Wethersfield.

3  Thank Ngcm
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

This is an under visited gem for those interested in colonial history.

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