Handy House open, Backpack adventures, Treasures from Elvira’s Attic, Discovery House
Posted on March 22, 2016 by Jenny ONeill
At the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road, Westport
Treasures from Elvira’s Attic
This summer-long exhibition features objects valued through the years by Elvira Smith, now 101 years old. Born in 1914, Elvira grew up on a farm on Horseneck Road in Westport. Highlights include an 18th century set of “stays,” a series of 19th century aprons each embellished with a different style of hand crocheted work, well-used and loved antique dolls, and a very early 19th century straw poke-style bonnet. Much of the collection is homemade and hand stitched demonstrating the skill of women to create lovely, durable garments at a time when cloth was one of the most valuable commodities.
A family adventure that will take you on a playful exploration of the Handy House to discover the story of people who lived here. Self-guided. Free.
Construction for kids! Step inside the ongoing construction of a kids-scale 18th century house. Free.