Great place for adults and kids alike. Shelburne Farms offers a full day at the 1400 acre well kept working farm that has cheese making, bread baking, farm animals and much more. There aree plenty of kid activities (I enjoyed them just as much). The farm also borders lake Champlain giving the opportunity to walk the trails threw the property. A must see when in the area.
Imagine 500 feet of scaled-model circus parade paraphenalia and 35000 pieces of a model circus. Besides the antique circus items and the circus panoramas, there is an operating vintage carousel. There are gardens and calliopes and posters out in the walkways that surround the museum building.
The circus exhibit is part of the whole Shelburne experience. The full museum has artifacts from colonial periods and civil war memoribilia and culture/art pieces. But we went there in 1981 for the circus exhibits and were not disappointed in the least.
After an hour and a half of browsing all the nooks and rooms of the Circus Museum we headed over to the cafeteria for a bite to eat. Everything on the premises was handicap-accessible (nice touch). Then we spent another hour in the gift shop so my wife could appease her shopping addiction.
Electra Webb's collections included a nice sampling of European Impressionist art. These are housed in a newer building, The Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, built in the 1960s. Here you will find works Degas, Corot, Manet, and Monet.
This Lighthouse was built in 1871to warn of reefs on Champlain, between New York and Vermont.
Electra Havemeyer Webb, whose passion for collecting just kept getting bigger and bigger, decided to add the building to her collection in 1952, so it was disassembled, brought to Shelburne, and reassembled.
At one time, covered bridges were plentiful in the United States, but now they are a rarity. This beautiful example captures the mood of a peaceful time. Built in 1845, this bridge features two lanes plus a pedestrian path. It is 51 meters long (168 feet). Originally crossing the Lamoille River in Cambridge, Vermont, the bridge "expatriated" to the Shelburne museum in 1949.
The Shelburne Museum, south of Burlington on Route 7, offers a wonderful view into America's past. The museum is open from May first through the end of October.
The S.S. Ticonderoga, a side paddlewheel passenger steamer, was built in 1906. The Ticonderoga served as a passenger ship on Lake Champlain. In a remarkable engineering feat, the ship was moved from the lake to its current location at the museum in the early 1950s. In 1960, the Ticonderoga was designated as a National Historic Landmark.