Quench Your Thirst On Main–History, Food, Drink and More

In the heart of Old Wethersfield, Connecticut’s largest historic district, are three of the town’s most popular historic homes.

Judah Wright built the Joseph Webb House in 1752 after Joseph Webb married Mehitabel Nott in 1749. When Joseph Webb died in 1761, the home passed to his son, Joseph Jr. Joseph Jr. married Abigail Chester in 1774. The couple loved to entertain so much that the home received the nickname  “Hospitality Hall”.” In May 1781 George Washington was a guest at Webb House and used it as his headquarters. There he met and planned the military campaign with French General Rochambeau that led to the victory at Yorktown and the end of the Revolutionary War.

The Silas Deane House was built in 1770. Silas Deane was a successful attorney and business advisor to Joseph Webb’s widow Mehitabel whom he married in 1763. Although Silas and Mehitabel only had one child, Jesse, before Mehitabel passed in 1767, he was stepfather to the six children she had with Joseph Webb. In 1769, Silas married another rich widow, Elizabeth Saltonstall Evards and built their home next to the Webb House. The Silas Deane House was designed to impress and entertain the politicos of his day – George Washington, John Adams, etc.

Silas Deane was a Connecticut delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774 and helped plan and finance the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in May of 1775. He traveled to France to secure arms and ammunition for the colonist during the Revolutionary War. In 1777, a rival alleged that Silas Deane had misappropriated government funds during his deals with France. Deane’s downfall continued several years later amid accusations of treason. Destitute, Silas died in 1789 in London while waiting for a ship to take him back to America to clear his name. In 1830, Congress made a lump apology payment to Silas Deane’s family in recognition that the allegations may not have been true.

The Silas Deane Highway, the main north-south thoroughfare,  is a tribute to the contributions Silas Deane made to the fight for our independence from Great Britain.

TheIsaac Stevens House was built in 1788-1789 on a .5-acre parcel next to the Webb House. The Stevens House is smaller and simpler than the neighboring Webb and Deane homes. After the home was complete, Isaac Stevens, a leather worker, married Sarah Wright in 1789. Fate was not kind to the Stevens family. Isaac died in 1819. His son Henry died in 1825. And Henry’s sons, Elisha and Henry Jr. both died by 1835. However, Henry’s widow, Elizabeth, married Captain Stephen Francis in 1828. They had five children, four of whom inherited the Stevens House after Elizabeth’s passing. The Steven House remained in the family for 170 years until 1959 when it was sold to the Connecticut Colonial Dames!

Touring the Webb Deane Stevens Museum may quench your thirst for early American history and trivia, but if your thirst is real and your belly empty, you may want to visit Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill, directly across the street from these historic homes.

SDC10937Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill is a historic property in its own right in the center of Old Wethersfield.  In 1787 (according to the Assessor’s records), Henry Deming built the home and then subsequently sold it to Captain James Standish. Hence, the building is also known as the Deming-Standish House. The building was used as the “Wethersfield Village Hotel” prior to 1840, and  later as a bank, as offices by the Board of Education, as a Police Station, and most recently as a restaurant – first as the Standish House, then as the Village Tavern, and now as Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill.

At Lucky Lou’s you can enjoy eclectic American fare with an Italian flair for lunch or dinner, in the casual and comfortable bar or second floor dining room. If you are looking for live entertainment, stop by on Friday and Saturday evenings and eat, drink and be merry.

Maria Hagan

Prudential Connecticut Realty 1142d Silas Deane Hwy Wethersfield, CT 06109 Cell: 860-305-8044 Email: mhagan@prudentialct.com

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2 thoughts on “Quench Your Thirst On Main–History, Food, Drink and More

  1. Great article. I am always amazed how much local history we have here in Connecticut. It is always great to share these local treasures with our out of town Real-Estate clients. I cannot wait for Spring, to start touring these Historical Homes with my family. Thank You, Maria

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