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Elwin Chase House Topsham, VT front hall

Upper Connecticut River Valley


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Registration open.

Visit muralled private homes along the Upper Connecticut River Valley.


The talk begins at 9:30 AM at the Lyme Center Academy Building, Lyme, NH.

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 plaster.

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.


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 together.

(NOTE: The Littleton Inn in Littleton, NH is no longer part of this program. )

Online registration WITH LUNCH will end September 16.

Online registration ends September 23. 

Day-of registration will be available on-site. Box lunch will not be included in online registration after September 16 or day-of registration. 

If you have questions about the tour, please email:  

The Upper Connecticut River Valley Talk & Tour is featured in the October 2021 issue of Early American Life:

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