Colonial Dance at Noah's

Colonial Dance at Noah's

Noah Webster House - 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT, United States

POSTPONED - New date TBD

The Noah's New Americans, junior history club of Noah Webster House, invite you to attend a “Masquerade” Ball on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 3 - 5 pm in celebration of the marriage of Rebecca (Greenleaf) and Noah Webster.

Enjoy an afternoon of dancing and music while while experiencing wedding traditions of the 18c. Jim Gregory, Dance Master of Jim Gregory Dances, will be your instructor as you join in the colonial dancing (no experience required.)  Live music provided by James and Willow Sirch of Fiddleheads. 

Cake and punch will be served.

Colonial costume and mask encouraged but not required.

Cost: $15 per person; appropriate for ages 10 yrs. and above.  Masks for sale for $5 in advance and at the event (while supplies last.)

In the year 1787, Rebecca Greenleaf from Boston (Dorchester) caught the eye of Noah Webster, Jr. from West Division, CT.  She was visiting her sister's family in Philadelphia where Noah was lecturing and debating alphabet/spelling reform with Dr. Benjamin Franklin.  [In April, due to financial difficulties, Noah accepted a position as instructor of English at the Episcopal Academy.]  He was smitten almost immediately by the dark-eyed beauty.  After a typical 2 year courtship, Noah and Rebecca wed in October 26, 1789.  The ceremony took place in her family's parlor and was officiated by the Rev. Peter Thatcher of Brattle Street Church.  George Washington visited this church for services the day before their wedding.

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Noah Webster House - 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT, United States