Magazine article Humanities

Old Houses Restored

Magazine article Humanities

Old Houses Restored

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The Shelburne Museum in Vermont will be renovating six historic houses with help from NEH. Founded in the 1950s by Electra Havemeyer Webb, the museum is a showcase for Webb's eclectic collection of antique Americana. Webb had the habit of acquiring early American buildings and moving them to Shelburne for display-the museum now includes thirty-six buildings on forty-five acres. Three of those buildings have already been restored through the NEH grant.

The oldest is the Dutton house, which was built in 1782 in Cavendish, Vermont, and moved to Shelburne in 1950. As a result of new research, the furnishings of the house have been reinterpreted based on the inventory taken at the death of Salmon Dutton in 1824; it includes sixty-five gallons of gin, five bushels of rye for making whiskey, thirty-four gallons of cherry cider, and a group of cherry tilt-top tables.

Two other houses have been revamped at the museum: the Stencil House, built in 1804 in Sherburne, New York, and the Prentis House, built in 1773 in Hadley, Massachusetts. …

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