Sunday, August 15, 2010

Shelburne Museum

Our friends Ed and Amelia Nizynski came to visit this weekend, and after a fabulous breakfast at Miss Ann's Trillium Hill B&B on Saturday morning (in what I like to call her "paradise garden"), we ventured up to the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont (just south of Burlington.) I dare say this is the most fantastic and interesting "museum" I have ever seen. It consists of 39 different buildings/exhibits which span over 300 years of architecture. They include houses, barns, a jail, a schoolhouse, a general store, a traincar, the Ticonderoga steamboat, stagecoaches and several other attractions. Each of these were transported to Shelburne from surrounding areas by the museum's founder, Electra Havemeyer, so that she could preserve them as monuments and testimonies to life in Vermont. The buildings themselves were fascinating enough to hold my attention, but in addition to the buildings, there are all sorts of collections and exhibits including dolls and dollhouses, quilts, photography, hand-woven tapestries, retired carousel animals, etc., etc., etc. I love this place! Check it out here. And if you like it, come visit, and I promise we'll take you there. :-D

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