Explore Historic New England’s new digital visitor experiences
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Jan 12, 2021
Historic New England offers six new online experiences for perfect “at home getaways”
Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the federal government’s CARES Act, we now offer more chances for you to explore Historic New England.
Staff combined the rich resources in our archival collection with outstanding new photography, videos, and oral histories to tell new stories at five of our historic properties and two neighborhoods in Vermont. The tours provide vivid details about room interiors, family records, artwork, architectural drawings, furnishings, landscapes, and more.
From your computer or mobile device, you can stroll through buildings and landscapes and see spaces like attics, basements, unrestored rooms, and outbuildings that are not on public tours. Each of these experiences allows you to explore and engage with us from home in a way that has not been possible before now. We invite you to have a look at our new visitor experiences.
Casey Farm in Saunderstown, R.I., is an active, working organic farm with a c. 1750 farmhouse at its core. When you visit Casey.Farm, you’ll discover information on the history of Indigenous peoples of the area and farming in southern New England, plus a vast collection of family photographs and documents.
Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, Maine, highlights how the author used her family home and community as inspiration for her storytelling. Celebrate her life and work and learn more about her relationship with Annie Fields and the literal and artistic freedom Jewett created for herself. Visit Jewett.House to experience it.
Otis House in Boston, Mass., is an elegant mansion at the foot of Beacon Hill. Explore how the neighborhood changed from elegant mansion to a medicinal bathhouse and then a boarding house. There is also information on the fabulous collection of Boston-made furniture in the house and maps and photographs of the city’s ever-changing West End neighborhood. Take the tour at Otis.House.
Rundlet-May House in Portsmouth, N. H., is where technology drives the story. This expansive urban estate was home to four generations of the Rundlet family. Explore a 1807 state-of-the-art Rumford kitchen and original invoices for household equipment and furnishings still in place two centuries later. Visit RundletMay.House to experience this.
Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Conn., is a Victorian gem and landmark example of the Gothic Revival architectural style that was lived in by a family with strong antislavery sentiments. There are original architectural drawings, photographs of unusual outbuildings—including an icehouse and aviary—and a vast collection of family photographs. Experience it at RoselandCottage.org.
MoreThanAMarket.org explores the role of immigrant food markets in two neighborhoods in Vermont. Explore contemporary and archival photographs that take viewers on a virtual tour of neighborhood markets, complemented by audio clips, and an overview of local immigration history. Visit MoreThanAMarket.org for this special experience.
Visit here for a complete listing of our new digital visitor experiences.
About the NEH and the federal government’s CARES Act
The grant is part of the NEH CARES Act economic stabilization program. These grants support essential operations at more than three hundred cultural institutions across the country. The NEH was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency. It supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the NEH and its grant programs is available at neh.gov.