Connecticut River Valley Talk & Tour
Time & Location
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.
- Member Ticket$40$400$0
- Non-member Ticket$50$500$0