Pewter lamp

Pewter lamp

In October/November 1789, our nation’s first president, George Washington, embarked on a 4-week stagecoach tour through New England (except for Rhode Island: that state hadn’t ratified the U.S. Constitution yet.) He wanted to get a sense for how Americans felt about their new government and he was greeted by wildly enthusiastic crowds everywhere. In Hartford, Connecticut, he visited the home of Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth, the wealthiest man in that state, a newly minted U.S. Congressman, and a Revolutionary War patriot. At a “grand entertainment” for President Washington on October 20, this pewter lamp helped light up the Wadsworth Manse.  Mrs. Ellen Rounds purchased the fixture for the Museum’s collection.


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