DAR John Strong Mansion to open May 27
ADDISON — The DAR John Strong Mansion Museum will open for the season on Saturday, May 27, giving museum goers an opportunity to celebrate the first weekend of the summer season with a visit to a local landmark.
Each year many interested in the history of the Revolutionary era, the cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley, Federal architecture, and decorative arts visit the Mansion. There is something for everyone, from children intrigued by the many “secret spaces” to colonial enthusiasts who appreciate the 18th century kitchen, equipped with iron cooking utensils associated with a working hearth during the 1790-1840s.
This year the Vermont Daughters of the American Revolution will feature the colonial housewife’s use of herbs in each of the exhibit rooms. Herbs provided a valuable resource to 19th century women. Various herbs were eaten, used for cleaning, to deter pests, to alleviate and prevent illnesses, and to enhance one’s appearance. Herbs were grown at home or gathered in the wild.
Curator, Susan Ferland, suggests that, “Perhaps the only way to imagine what is was like to live in a rural area in the early 19th century is to think about living on the space shuttle. Since there is no food production on the shuttle, nor is there a doctor’s office or pharmacy nearby, all sustenance and medical needs must be anticipated before the journey and stocked on the shuttle.”
The Museum is located on Vermont Route 17 in Addison, one mile north of the Lake Champlain Bridge and adjacent to the DAR State Park. It is open for guided tours on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is a small admission fee.
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