Published: August 16, 2016
WETHERSFIELD, CONN. — The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum this summer celebrated the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Webb House to the public by Wallace Nutting on July 4, 1916, with a reception and an ongoing exhibition at the Webb House of Wallace Nutting works, on view through October 30, in collaboration with the Wallace Nutting Collectors Club.
The highlight of the exhibit is a Wallace Nutting Sudbury court cupboard loaned by Howard A. Willard Jr, along with a Nutting Connecticut sunflower chest, a bible box, wrought iron and Nutting pictures from his chain of Colonial houses. Also on view are pictures from Nutting’s homes in Southbury, Conn., and Framingham, Mass. At the reception, the hallway was lined with Wallace Nutting Windsor chairs.
The Joseph Webb house, built in 1752 and today owned by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Connecticut, is historically significant because General George Washington stayed here May 19–24, 1781, where he met Compte de Rochambeau and planned the campaign that resulted in Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown, Va. It is one of three preserved Eighteenth Century homes.
In 1914, a group of businessmen purchased the house but failed in their fundraising efforts to transform it into an atheneum or library, selling it two years later to Nutting. Nutting redecorated the home thoroughly, installing painted murals in the hallway and front parlors. After three years of opening the house to the public, in 1919, he sold the house
The celebration will continue in September when Nutting specialist Michael Ivankovich will present a lecture, “Wallace Nutting Overview…1861–1941” on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 pm, followed the next day with a Nutting auction at the Episcopal Trinity Parish Hall, 300 Main Street, Wethersfield. Preview will be 1 to 3 pm on auction day, and the auction begins at 3 pm.
On Saturday, September 24, at the Episcopal Trinity Parish Hall, from 8 to 10 am, there will be a dealer’s buy, sell and trade at the Wallace Nutting Marketplace.
For additional information, www.webb-deane-stevens.org or 860-529-0612.
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