"Americana" Shelburne by ExGuyParis

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The Shelburne Museum... A Glimpse at Our Past

Electra Havemeyer Webb, the founder of The Shelbourne Museum, was an avid collector. In 1947 she established the Shelburne Museum to share all her treasures with the public.The Shelburne Museum houses a diverse and eclectic melange of Americana accumulated by Electra Webb... collections of weathervanes, ship figureheads, cigar store Indians, pottery, quilts, hat boxes, decoys, carousel animals. As time went on, the size of the collections grew-- and the size of what was collected: a carousel, a covered bridge, a blacksmith shop, several houses and barns, a lighthouse, and a steam ship. Most of the buildings are authentic, and most have been moved from other locations.

All Aboard...

The Shelburne Railroad Station "retired South" from its original location to the Shelburne Museum.

Hold Your Horses!

Once practical items of daily life, now interesting art / artifacts. The Shelburne Museum had countless examples of once routine items that now fascinate or provoke nostalga.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2006 at 10:40 AM

    Hi Paul, amazing that they moved so many large and unwieldy things (steamer, railroad station, lighthouse) to the museum. And I wouldn't have expected to find a collection of European Impressionist art there, but why not?

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2005 at 3:55 PM

    This is on our itinerary for this summer or early fall. I want to see the decoys that are exhibited there.


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