Today (actually last Thursday) we visited the Shelburne Museum, one of the hotspots to visit around Burlington, Vermont. The woman who started the museum, Electra Havemeyer Webb, liked to collect things; dolls, dishes, quilts, decoys, paintings, carts, buildings, trains and boats…. She was the daughter of a Domino sugar tycoon who married the Grandson of William Henry Vanderbilt. Electra’s parents were also collectors of Asian and Impressionist art, and clearly the Venderbilts had “stuff.” There was money a plenty. Shelburne, just south of Burlington was a summer home or something that she turned into a museum to house her collections.
Electra founded the Shelburne Museum in 1947, originally to preserve the family’s horse drawn carriages.
She is not really a crazy lady, but clearly she was enthusiastic. First it was a historic building to be demolished, then starting to think about the history of New England and how to preserve it. There were lots of fun signs talking about buying this building and moving it, or a bridge, or a boat and the discussions with her husband about the purchase.
Let me show you a few parts of the museum via pictures. A pretty incredible place. Pic your topic and there is likely a collection. And great exhibits showing printing, blacksmithing, school life, small farmers, rich people, and on and on.
Jim and I are afraid to try these bell signals to run our boat. Although our boat is very slow, this seems way to slow to communicate between engine and bridge.
And the carousel. Had not ridden one in so many years! It is vintage, but not sure how old. I laugh every time I hear me say “Jaime” in the video. Jim hears it and says, “what?”