In episode 7, visit the Wadsworth Museum of Art, the Webb Dean Stevens Museum, East Rock Park, The Bush-Holley House, Greenwich Historical Society and the Henry Whitfield State Museum.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest public art museum in the United States, was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first important American patrons of the arts. Its collections of nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years and feature the Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and European decorative arts; world-renowned baroque and surrealist paintings; an unsurpassed collection of Hudson River School landscapes; European and American Impressionist paintings; and modernist masterpieces.
Founded by the Colonial Dames in 1920, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum at the heart of historic Wethersfield consists of three state-of-the-art restorations including mansions that belonged to two important leaders during the American Revolution – Joseph Webb and Silas Deane. George Washington not only slept there – he conducted one of the most important meetings of the war there.
East Rock was formed about 200 million years ago as the continents were in the process of moving away from each other. Molten rock from deep in the earth surged through stress cracks formed in the sandstone bedrock of the New Haven area.
For over two and a half centuries, Bush-Holley House has stood at the intersection of a mill pond and river flowing out to Long Island Sound from the once-busy coastal Greenwich village of Cos Cob, Connecticut. From this strategic spot, this colonial saltbox witnessed the struggle for American independence and the birth of a new nation. Bush-Holley House was built in stages beginning 1728-1730 with a one-room, two-story structure on a hilltop overlooking the harbor, a prime spot to load and unload cargo for the New York trade.
Thirty-two years after the founding of Jamestown and nineteen years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, a group of English Puritans journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean. Their goal was to establish a community in the New World free from religious persecution. They were led by their minister, Reverend Henry Whitfield. The Whitfield family home also served as a fort for the community. Its massive stone walls and chimneys, steeply-pitched roof, and casement windows reflect the style of post-medieval domestic architecture found in England – rare in 17th century America and unique today.