The Circa 1766 Home of SILAS DEANE, American Diplomat in the Revolution has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark. See silasdeaneonline.org
In 1774, Silas Deane served in the first Continental Congress, and while he was there John Adams visited Wethersfield and took tea with Mrs. Deane. In 1775, George Washington dined with Elizabeth Deane en route to take command of the troops outside of Boston. Silas went to France in 1776, on a secret mission to secure troops, arms, and supplies for the revolutionary cause.
While he was in Paris, his wife died. That misfortune was compounded by accusations of mismanagement of government funds. Silas was abruptly recalled by Congress but never given a hearing to exonerate himself. Having spent his fortune in an attempt to clear his name, he sent instructions to his brother Barnabas in Wethersfield to sell all his furniture. Disillusioned and impoverished, he stayed in Europe in self-imposed exile. However, in 1789 he decided to return to Canada to rebuild his fortune. On the night before his departure, on board ship, he died mysteriously, and is buried in England.