Day 48 & 49, Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2, 2018
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont
September brought a new state under my belt – Vermont! I had crossed the border the evening before, and booked a few nights at the Lake Bomoseen KOA for the Labor Day Weekend. It was a great place to stay, with large wooded campsites, a lake to fish in, a little movie theater, game room and store.
The next morning it was time to visit a museum that I was super-excited about – The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. The museum was founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb, a wealthy collector of American folk art. In addition to collecting art pieces, she also undertook to collect 18th and 19th century buildings to house the collection, including houses, barns, a schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, a covered bridge, and even a 220 foot long steamboat!
I wandered from building to building checking everything out, and thoroughly enjoyed everything I saw. The steamboat Ticonderoga was incredible; moved here after plying the waters of Lake Champlain. I would have loved to be a passenger on that ship! The lighthouse was cool, the unusual two lane covered bridge was fun to see, and the round barn was fascinating.
The collection currently contains over 150,000 paintings, folk art, textiles, quilts, furniture and other types of art not commonly seen in museums. There are entire rooms of duck decoys, farm implements, dioramas, automatons, and other interesting folk art!
The museum is huge, with over 39 buildings total to explore. The $25 admission is admittedly a bit steep, but they do give you a two day entry for that price, and if you have the time, there would absolutely be enough to keep you busy for two days!
The next day, I had a quiet day at the campground. I blogged, read, took a walk and even watched a movie. I also met Bill and Jean, a kind retired couple who were raising their three grandchildren. They invited me over for dinner and conversation.
Enjoy the photos!