Planed, Grained, & Dovetailed: Cabinetmaking in Rural New England

Building Built by Old Sturbridge Village, 1942

Current Exhibition Installed June 2017

The building which houses the exhibit is a copy of the Freeman Farm House and originally provided housing for the miller and his family. It served a number of purposes over the years before the previous exhibit, Changing Landscapes, opened in 2009.

The latest exhibition, which opened June 2017, 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.

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