Shelburne Village Historic District, VT
October 20, 2009
Back to Shelburne today for a visit to the amazing Shelburne Museum where over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. Impressionist paintings, 19th century American folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of decoys, and carriages.
Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960) founded Shelburne Museum in 1947 to display her collections. She took the imaginative step of collecting 18th and 19th century buildings from New England and New York in which to display the Museum’s holdings, relocating 20 historic structures to Shelburne including houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, a covered bridge, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga. Shelburne is unique for the remarkable collections exhibited in a village-like setting of historic New England architecture, accented by a landscape that includes a formal garden, herb and heirloom vegetable gardens, and perennial gardens.
Any visit to this area should include a day at this incredible museum.