Storrowton Village Museum is an authentic, reconstructed village consisting of nine 18th and 19th century historical buildings from Massachusetts and New Hampshire which were purchased, dismantled and reassembled around a traditional town green right here on Eastern States Exposition’s grounds. Although Storrowton's buildings come from different periods of construction, together they form a classic New England village which includes a Meeting House, Schoolhouse, General Store, Blacksmith Shop, Tavern, Law Office and two historic homes.
During The Big E Storrowton hosts special activities on the green, such as 19th century craft demonstrations and children’s games, tours of the historic buildings and daily entertainment events on the Storrowton Gazebo. Shop for crafts or vintage and unique gifts at Storrowton Gift Shop. If you have a taste for unusual snacks pick up a box of Salt N’ Vinegar Crick-Ettes, Mexican Spice Larvets or flavored lollipops with a surprise worm or scorpion inside. For more conventional shopping, don’t forget about the Christmas Shop in the Potter Mansion and Craft Common on the back green of the Village.
This Big E classic, New England village was created by the late Eastern States Exposition Trustee, Helen O. Storrow of Massachusetts who began the process of purchasing these historic buildings for the Exposition in 1927. Storrowton is a major element of The Big E which helps make this New England Fair so unique.
Storrowton Village is open for drop-in tours Tuesday - Saturday from 11am to 3pm, mid-June thru the end of August; all other times of the year is by appointment only. We offer living history programs and events to acquaint audiences of all ages to New England life in bygone days. Storrowton Tavern, a full service restaurant and banquet facility in the Village, is open year-round.
LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE - 9:30am - 1:30pm
Children and adults participating in the Little Red Schoolhouse program are provided with period costumes and given a brief orientation on their roles. Our 19th century style Schoolmaster or Schoolmistress will lead the students through a variety of challenging and fun activities similar to those which were a part of a child's school day early in the 19th century - quill pen writing, spelling bees and math drills. Using copybooks and slates to do their lessons, students will top off their day with old-fashioned games.
The children take home their quill pen and copybook as well as a certificate of attendance as a keepsake of their experience. All participants should bring a lunch, if possible, in a basket or tin pail as was common in the 1800s.
LOOK BACK – 9:30am - 1:30pm
Using several restored antique buildings as their learning laboratory, 3rd grade students are provided with period costuming and guided through a variety of hands-on activities similar to those which were part of the 19th century child's workday.
Girls will prepare fruit to cook over the fireplace, dip candles, and receive an introduction to textile arts. Boys will apprentice at the Blacksmith Shop, peg shoes and practice quill pen calligraphy.
After lunch, all students participate in a half-hour 19th century class in the Schoolhouse to round out the day and enhance their learning experience.
STORROWTON SAMPLER – 9:30am - 12pm
Students participate in four dynamic activities designed to stimulate their senses, focused on presenting the children with a comprehensive view of the chores and activities experienced in the daily life of an average child in the 1800s. Learning is encouraged and enhanced through creative thinking; problem solving; visual, verbal and tactile skills; and folklore and oral history.
Activities vary by season and may include any of the following: making a copybook and writing in it with a quill pen; dipping candles; cooking over an open hearth; exploring the Village during a scavenger hunt; and doing the laundry!
Based in the 19th century Potter General Store, this program is designed to involve 4th, 5th & 6th grade students in a variety of challenging hands-on exercises which reinforce mathematical concepts, problem solving techniques, and vocabulary while exposing students to19th century history. Each class starts with an orientation in the Meetinghouse. The class is then divided into three small groups and rotated through three mathematical sessions: "Stocking Mr. Potter's Shelves," "Group Shopping," and a "Geometry Walk." At the end of the program, there is a brief wrap-up in the Meetinghouse.
Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of our restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings and artifacts and also the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged.
Hands-on activities including candle dipping, quill pen calligraphy and old-fashioned games add to a memorable day and can be included in your tour for a nominal fee. Arrangements for activities must be made in advance.
Storrowton can accommodate groups of all sizes and ages - depending on the size of the group and your choice of activities, you should plan to allow at least one to two hours for your visit.