After sleeping in a bit, today’s first stop is “Ye Most Ancient Towne” in Connecticut – Wethersfield (see video below), which was founded in 1633-34 and boasts 300 historic homes (50 built before the American Revolution)! The highlight of our stop is sure to be the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum: “The 1752 Joseph Webb House served as George Washington’s headquarters in May 1781, and was later owned by 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 30s using many original family possessions.” See video below.
After lunch, we’ll race to the Big Apple to take in all the joy and splendor of the New York Freedom Trail. We’re looking forward to the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan and revolutionary headquarters for both sides during the war. Our evening will conclude with some traditional pub fare and, hours permitting, a possible tour at Fraunces Tavern Museum, where Washington bid farewell to his officers in 1783. After dinner, it’s on to the Garden State where we’ll wish we had more time to explore Washington Crossing Historic Park and some of New Jersey’s countless Revolutionary War sites. But we’ll crash for a few hours of zzz’s and perhaps squeeze some of them in the next morning before taking off to Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Video embed: Historic Wethersfield, Conn.
Video embed: CT Cultural Treasures: Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum