Events

Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road, is open 10 AM – 4 PM every Saturday July – October

FREE.

Parking is available off  Hix Bridge Road.

Tours every Saturday at 11 AM

Special exhibition: Infinite Details: Reshaping Everyday Life 1700-1850


 

Special exhibition: Headwaters to Harbor, Westport’s Heritage of Water

  • A visual river journey through time exploring both the east and west branches, harbor and ponds of Westport.
  • A walk down East Beach using maps and photographs to document the community that once existed before the hurricane of 1938.
  • A look inside the Cory Store to learn more about shipbuilding activities in Westport.

Supported by the Westport Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America.

Special exhibition: Headwaters to Harbor, Westport’s Heritage of Water

10 AM – 4 PM every Saturday July – October at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road

  • A visual river journey through time exploring both the east and west branches, harbor and ponds of Westport.
  • A walk down East Beach using maps and photographs to document the community that once existed before the hurricane of 1938.
  • A look inside the Cory Store to learn more about shipbuilding activities in Westport.

Supported by the Westport Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America.


 Family Reunion

What do a busy mother, a popular doctor, an active teenager, a successful businessman, and a curious local historian have in common? They all lived in Westport’s historic Handy House over its 300 year history! Come learn about them in this fun and free family activity based on puzzles, with a backpack filled with tools and a bit of mystery that your kids will love!  It’s a unique family reunion with a very special guest! For kids aged 5 – 12. Free.  Self guided.

This project is supported by the Westport Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America.


Archaeology Day

Saturday August 25

10 AM – 2 PM at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road

FREE

Indulge your inner Indiana Jones with a day full of archaeological fun for all ages!

Do you like to dig in the dirt? Find things that are lost? Put pieces together? Figure out stories from clues? Learn about the past? These are all things archeologists do—maybe you’re one, too!

This family-friendly day will introduce you to dirt-digging, story-telling, mystery-solving fun.

Kids can excavate for artifacts.

Discover some of the techniques used by archaeologists.

Bring your own ‘finds” to be identified by archaeologists.

View some of the amazing artifacts discovered at the Handy House and other sites in Westport.


Handy House Artisan Fair 10 AM – 3 PM

202 Hix Bridge Road, Westport MA

Saturday September 22 2018

(Rain date Sunday September 23 2018)

Handy House Artisan Fair, organized by the Westport Historical Society, showcases 30 local craftspeople who specialize in skills and traditional crafts commonly practiced in the 18th and 19th century.

Traditional craftsmanship, from blacksmithing to green woodworking, is still very much alive in Westport. The Artisan Fair offers a rare opportunity to meet these craftspeople, learn about their skilled hand work and human powered technologies through hands on demonstrations. This year’s fair features, amongst others, highly skilled woodworkers, a blacksmith, Native American basket makers, indigo dyeing, and stone wall building. Some artisans will have their work for sale, so it will also be a chance to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping! This event not only preserves and perpetuates knowledge about traditional crafts, but is also an opportunity for the community to reconnect to its own history, to visit the Handy House and to celebrate the special heritage of the town of Westport.


 Dr. Handy and the Mysterious Black Cat

10 AM – 3 PM Saturday October 27, 2018 at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road

Little witches, wizards, ghouls, ghosts and goblins are invited to converge at the Handy House to try out their magical skills inside the historic house on Hix Bridge Road. Come in costume! Free.