This exhibition focuses on Cabinetmaking in New England. From coffins and chairs to clock cases and chests of drawers, 19th-century cabinetmakers in rural New England produced a wide variety of objects, both every-day and exceptional, using a range of techniques and tools. The exhibition highlights rarely-seen objects and primary source materials from the Village’s collections. Centered on three main themes – form, process, and people – the exhibition examines the tools, products, and livelihoods of rural cabinetmakers in the early 19th century. Visitors will gain a deeper insight into how these objects were designed, fashioned, and used in the period, and how they inform our understanding of modern-day craftsmanship.
The building which houses the exhibit is a copy of the Freeman Farm House and originally provided housing for the miller and his family.