a little trip (part 1)

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If you follow along on IG than you're familiar with this image of the Ticonderoga from the Shelburne Museum - well, wait a minute I might be getting ahead of myself. I love history of any kind and I especially love museums. So, this lovely spot outside of Burlington VT with all it's historic buildings has always remained a favorite memory from my childhood The visit when I was 6 made a lasting impression on me.

I speak of my love of treasures often and the image below is a treasure from that childhood visit. I showed it to my sister saying how I'd love to take Liam there and bam she immediately set to work planning everything.

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Shelburne Museum has a world renown collection of art - including a selection of antique architectural structures, decorative arts, folk art, carriages, circus collectibles, textiles, toys and more - plus beautiful French Impressionist art all encapsulated in 39 buildings over 45 acres.

All tickets are good for a 2 day visit. On our first day we completely walked the grounds visiting 18 buildings in about 4 hours.


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We took the car ferry across Lake Champlain into Burlington, VT.


It was a ton of fun and I highly recommend  - especially with children.


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This sight greeted us as we walked up to the entrance on Day 1. It wasn't a sunny day but, we were so fortunate it didn't start to rain until we were leaving. The Round Barn above houses a collection of horse powered carriages. Look at the pretty hand painted details on this sled.

Next stop was the Ticonderoga a 220 ft. side-wheel passenger steamboat. Built in 1906 it operated until 1953. The ships interior and decks are set up as if it were 1923.

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We enjoyed a walk through an 1890 Train and it was super fun finding our town on the map.


the backroom of the General Store houses the Apothecary Shop. All the antique bottles and drug containers were fun to see.

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the Meeting House is in a lovely spot.

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I love the image of Liam in the Horseshoe Barn Annex which features more amazing carriages.


Shelburne runs a print making shop on premises. I tried to buy a print of the Letter K (of course) but, they were sold out - I'll be giving them a jingle at the end of the month to check on stock.


Here we are taking a peek in the Jail.


The Textile Gallery was marvelous ... screens, hat boxes, some of the finest quilts I have ever viewed and loomed coverlets. Although an antique this navy and white spread feels very fresh.

The Model Train was delightful as were the collection of toys.

I really like Pewter and these molds from the Variety Unit building were so neat. This building holds collections of Pewter, Glass and Porcelains.

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This diorama was eye level built into the wall.

friends I'm going to pick this up next week but, I didn't want to close without sharing the visionary behind the Museum - the late Electra Havemeyer Webb. I always try and pick up a publication about anywhere I visit and this volume while slim tells in great detail Mrs. Webb's passion for the arts, collecting and the history of Shelburne.

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til next time.