May 8, 2014
10:09 AM

Re-live the American Revolution at the Webb-Deane-Stevens House

Re-live the American Revolution at the Webb-Deane-Stevens House

It’s been more than two centuries since the official end of fighting for the American Revolution, but the war continues for many. Sort of.

On May 24, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield hosts its sixth annual Revolutionary War Encampment, a day-long event that offers a look into the military life of the Fifth Connecticut Regiment, both on and off the battlefield, by faithfully re-creating the experience with authentic costumes and mock skirmishes.

One particularly exciting glimpse of live battle action that visitors will be able to witness is a demonstration of 18th-century “Horsemanship with Arms.” Astride his steed Huckleberry, reenactor David Loda, as Col. David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington, will ride at full gallop and use a sword to “decapitate” melon-headed enemy stand-ins. Loda also engages in other horseback-fighting maneuvers involving his sword and pistol.

“To honor those who fought and sacrificed so that we could have everything we have today is special,” says Loda, who became interested in creating “living history” after retiring from the Navy in 2004. “It’s an opportunity to tell their story, and bring history to the public.”

In addition to demonstrations of musket firing and marching, visitors can observe 18th-century open-fire cooking and enjoy music from the era. They also need to be on the lookout for the 54th Regiment of Foot, a jaunty platoon of British redcoats (who are rumored to be attacking the Fifth Connecticut Regiment at 2 p.m.—shh!).

A display and discussion of 18th-century surgical techniques will be offered, as will an exhibit featuring fashion from the era. A bake sale from Liberty Tea will feature treats based on historic recipes.

Admission is free. The encampment begins immediately after the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m.

For more info, call (860) 529-0612 or visit


Re-live the American Revolution at the Webb-Deane-Stevens House

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