Connecticut River Valley Talk & Tour
Fri, Oct 01 | Lyme Center Academy Building

Connecticut River Valley Talk & Tour

See paint-decorated walls in private homes at the height of the fall foliage season in the Connecticut River Valley. Join the CPWP to visit four private homes with painted murals and overmantels!
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

Oct 01, 9:30 AM
Lyme Center Academy Building, 183 Dorchester Rd, Lyme, NH 03768, USA

About the Event

CPWP is looking forward to sharing this rare opportunity to view these marvelous

painted folk art murals and their history.

House 1: The Littleton Inn in Littleton, NH was opened by James Williams in 1790. The Inn

was a mecca for hunters, trappers and explorers from north and south. The

incredible early wall murals remain untouched in the upper room of this small Inn

located at the foothills of the White Mountains. Rarely open to the public, the walls

are believed to have been painted by the Bear and Beeves artist of the well-known

fireboard in the New York State Historical Association at Cooperstown.

House 2: Original overmantels still in situ? You will see these at the Meeting House Farm

in Norwich, VT. Two 1800 overmantels using both scenic landscape painting on

plaster and marbleizing are the decorative features of the two overmantels. The

marbleizing technique is the only known Vermont example of this type of painting

and may be one of the earliest known early American examples of using oil on


House 3: The Elwin Chase House, an early Greek Revival home, is nestled on the edge of

the Tabor Valley. The interior boasts floor to ceiling brightly colored untouched

murals extending from the downstairs foyer up the stairs to the upper hallway.

These murals dating to the 1830’s are unique because they seem to tell a story

unlike most murals of this period.

House 4: The Moses Kent House in Lyme, NH is an early nineteenth century Federal gem.

Over the last century the house has undergone extensive restoration to undo all the

things that were done to “improve” the house by various owners. The Porter-

school murals were almost untouched over the years and they have been cleaned

and restored to their majestic beauty in the front parlor, lower and upper hall,

stairway and an upper bedchamber. There is evidence of two hands working here

and may be the epitome of Rufus Porter and his nephew J. D. Poor working


The talk begins at 9:30 AM at the Lyme Center Academy Building, Lyme, NH.  After the talk, box lunches and maps

will be distributed to those registered for the event.

Ticket inludes the lecture, box lunch, map, and visit to 4 unique private locations. 

Online registration will end September 26. 

Day-of reqistration will be available on-site. Box lunch will not be included in day-of registration. 

Proof of vaccination is required for this event. Masks are required in all venues. 

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