*****INTRODUCTION*****

"Antiquing" is not only buying, selling and collecting antiques, but includes learning about them and enjoying them. A good way to learn is to actually see the real thing. These Villages and Seaports are educational institutions as well as displays. Most offer courses and seminars as well as lectures when you "take the tour".

*****HISTORIC VILLAGES*****

PLIMOTH PLANTATION
A reconstruction of the 1627 village occupied by the Pilgrims.
South of Plymouth, Massachusetts off Route 3.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD
A museum of New England history and art within
the carefully preserved 328 year old village of Deerfield, Massachusetts.

OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
Located in the central Massachusetts town of Sturbridge,
the Village re-creates the daily work activities and celebrations
of a rural 19th century town.

STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM
Strawbery Banke Museum recreates life in the Puddle Dock neighborhood of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, over 300 years. Exhibits nine period houses and gardens.

SAUGUS IRON WORKS
Site of first integrated ironworks in North America -1646-1668.
Reconstructed and restored, it includes a 17th century house.

THE ENFIELD SHAKER MUSEUM
24 Caleb Dyler Lane
Enfield, NH 03748
The Enfield Shaker Museum is a non-profit educational institution
that preserves and interprets the complex history of the
Enfield Shaker Village site.

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
An outdoor history museum of Shaker life on 1200 acres in the scenic Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. Located five miles west of downtown Pittsfield on Route 20.

CANTERBURY SHAKER VILLAGE
Canterbury, NH

Historic Weathersfield, Connecticut
Large Historic District has 50 houses built before the Revolution,
and 100 built before the civil war

SHELBURNE MUSEUM
One of America's most extensive and diverse collections of folk, fine and decorative arts. This Sheburne, Vermont location also maintains seven historic homes (1773-1840) moved from upper New England.

BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL
Starting at Boston Common, the "trail" takes you to many historical sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, the USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill.
Wikipedea description of Trail.

STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
413-787-0136
On the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, Storrowton is an authentic recreation of a 19th century village with nine historical buildings assembled around a traditional Green.

SALEM 1630: PIONEER VILLAGE
Forest River Park
Salem, MA 01970
This recreated 17th century fishing village depicts early settlement life as it would have been when Salem was the first capital of Massachusetts

*****SEAPORTS AND NAUTICAL MUSEUMS*****

MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM
Located in Mystic, Connecticut (near New London), this seaport museum has a number of ships, and excellent displays on whaling, including a whaling ship.

PENOBSCOT MARINE MUSEUM
Searsport, ME
The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and exhibition of the history Penobscot Bay and the maritime history of Maine. It is a unique seafaring village comprised of thirteen buildings - many of them former sea captain's homes. The campus includes eight National Historic Register buildings and the modern Stephen Phillips Memorial Library which has extensive maritime, photographic and geneological holdings.

USS CONSTITUTION
Berthed in Charlestown (close to Boston) the ship, authorized by George Washington, has been refurbished and recently sailed out of Boston. Great pictures on the Website.

PEABODY-ESSEX MARITIME MUSEUM
Located in historic Salem, Massachusetts, the Peabody-Essex Museum has extensive exhibits of products from "the China Trade" of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Museum houses more than 400,000 objects including a major collection of Chinese porcelaines.

THE AMERICAN MARINE MODEL GALLERY
12 Derby Square
SAlem, MA 01970
Largest collection of fully documented, one-of-a-kind models
by leading internationally acclaimed model artists.
Custom models (historic & yatcht), restorations, appraisals,
display units.

Maine

MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM
Located on a large area on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, the Museum has many building devoted to various maritime crafts. The is an outstanding collection of marine paintings.

*****MUSEUMS IN BUILDINGS****

Wenham Museum

WALLACE NUTTING COLLECTION
Largest collection of early American (1690-1730)
furniture & domestic articles in the USA.
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT
Phone: 860-278-2670

Memorial Hall Museum
Old Deerfield, MA
In original Deerfield Acadamy building built in 1798,
the Museum was started in 1880. Contains a outsanding
collectin of furnishings, paintings, textiles and
Indian artifacts.

Springfield Armory Museum
Springfield, MA
"-- Springfield Armory National Historic Site offers the story of our Nation's first armory.
Springfield Armory's innovative manufacturing had a lasting impact on American industry and
exerted a profound influence over the city of Springfield and the nation."

***Many New Englamd Towns have Historic Districts***


Historical Societies are a good way to locate such districts.

The Historical Societies of New England.
Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Vermont
Rhode Island

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