Memorial Day weekend begins with a bang at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Revolutionary War Encampment. The fun begins following the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission will be charged for optional tours of the museum.
During the WDS Revolutionary War Encampment, visitors can interact closely with the 5th Connecticut Regiment in full colonial dress, and enjoy entertaining demonstrations of 18th-century medicine, open-fire cookery, camp life, marching and musket firing and music. At 1 p.m. there will be a skirmish with a dashing band of British redcoats. Children are invited to learn to march and perform drills with wooden "muskets."
Also returning is the ever-popular Big Bear Trading Company, with reproduction 18 and 19th-century wares for soldiers and civilians alike.
The encampment is underwritten, in part, by a grant from the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut.