Saturday, September 23rd

Hearthside and several historic sites along Lincoln’s Great Road Historic District will host free tours on Saturday, September 23rd as part of the annual Great Road Day, a collaboration of historic properties within the nationally-designated Great Road Historic District. The opening is part of Smithsonian’s Museum Day which promotes free admission to participating museums around the country. 


A new site on the tour is welcomed this year with the addition of the Pullen Corner School House c.1850, a one-room school that was relocated to Chase Farm Park from its original location on Angell Road. Although not totally completed, the historic building is in its final stages of restoration, giving visitors the rare opportunity to see the interior of the school which closed in 1922. 


Another rare opportunity offered is the viewing of the Moffett Mill c.1812. As one of the state’s earliest wooden mills, it is only open on selected occasions because of its inaccessibility along the busy curve of the roadway below Chase Farm. The only access will be by shuttle bus which will transport visitors from Chase Farm Park to the Mill throughout the day. The Mt. Moriah Lodge c.1804 is also only open to the public one day a year.


Other sites included in Great Road Day are: Hearthside House (c.1810), Historic New England’s Arnold House (c.1693), Hannaway Blacksmith Shop (c.1870), Chase Farm Park c.1867), Saylesville Friends Meetinghouse (c.1703), Valentine Whitman House (c.1694), Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge (1804), Northgate, home of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society (c.1807) and the Arnold Bakery (c.1874).


Visitors are invited to tour at their own pace and select sites they would like to see, or visit all of them. Signs will be posted at each site along the route. While most sites will be opened between 11:00-4:00 p.m., the hours vary slightly, opening later and closing earlier at some. 


Some features include a demonstration of Colonial cooking over the open fire at Hearthside, hand forging demonstrations at the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, and a special exhibit at the Blackstone Valley Historical Society that resulted from the donation of a mysterious album about the roots of a famous local family: “An Elaborate History: The Cumberland Ballous.” 


All sites are open with free admission. There is parking at each site with the exception of the Moffett Mill, which is accessible only by shuttle bus which will run between Chase Farm Park and the Mill.


The historic Great Road got its name because it was so much more substantial than other routes through the valley. Great Road was built in 1683 as the major thoroughfare on the west side of the Blackstone River. With historic houses, farms and mills, the nationally-designated Great Road Historic District in Lincoln retains much of the Blackstone Valley’s early 19th century rural character.


The goal of Great Road Day is to encourage visitors to discover “Three Centuries in Three Miles.” It is sponsored in part by the Town of Lincoln, which owns Chase Farm Park and several of the sites. The Great Road Historic District is located off Route 146, 10 minutes north of Providence on Rt. 123. For more information, contact Hearthside at 726-0597 or visit www.hearthsidehouse.org. The locations and addresses are as follows:


Arnold House – Open 11-5 p.m. 487 Great Road  

Saylesville Friends Meetinghouse – Open 11-4 p.m. 374 Great Road

Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Chase Farm Park, and the Pullen Corner Schoolhouse – Open 11-4 p.m. 671 Great Road

Hearthside – Open 11-5 p.m. 677 Great Road

Moffett Mill – 11-4 p.m. accessible only by shuttle bus from Chase Farm Park

Mount Moriah Lodge – Open 11-4 p.m.1093 Great Road

Valentine Whitman House – Open 12 – 4 p.m. 1147 Great Road 

Blackstone Valley Historical Society & Arnold Bakery—Open 11-4 p.m. 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike

Downton Abbey Fox Hunt

SATURDAY, SEPT. 16, 2017
10:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
The Downton Abbey Fox Hunt, complete with all the pageantry of a traditional English fox hunt such as that seen on the popular PBS series Downton Abbey, is being held at Chase Farm Park on Saturday, September 16, 2017. (It was previously scheduled for June 11th but had to be postponed because of the unusually wet spring.) Using merely the scent of a fox, properly outfitted riders and horses will demonstrate remarkable horsemanship teamed with specially-trained hounds, as they gallop across the picturesque meadows of the former dairy farm in their pursuit. Leslie Cashel, Secretary of the Tanheath Hunt Club, assures that no actual foxes will be a part of the hunt. 
To fully understand the history and process of a fox hunt, such as knowing the role of a huntsman and a whipper-in, a brief lecture starting at 10:30 a.m. will provide the answers. The official start of the hunt is at 11:30 a.m. Viewing spots will be designated in different areas of the Park for ticket holders. The hunt demonstration is expected to last approximately 45 minutes. Following the hunt, the traditional music of bagpipes will welcome guests back to the tent for lavish buffet luncheon, Downton-style, complete with volunteers from the Friends of Hearthside in period attire. The menu includes roast turkey, poached salmon, baked ham, salads, beverages and sweets. A keepsake photograph will be taken of each guest posed with the horse, rider and hound to cap off the afternoon.
The event is a fundraiser for Hearthside. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting us at 401-726-0597 or email info@hearthsidehouse.org. A limited number of tickets are available and cost $45; member tickets are discounted at $35. Seating for the presentation and luncheon take place under a tent. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Other than downpour conditions, the event will take place.
Members of the public may visit the Park during the fox hunt, however Town officials are warning those who frequent Chase Farm Park for a walk with their dogs to make alternative plans for that day, as no dogs will be allowed until late afternoon once the event has concluded. 
Chase Farm Park is located at 671 Great Road, Lincoln, just past Hearthside. 

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea

Saturday, May 13th
Do you miss Downton Abbey? If you're like the majority of fans of this show who do, then you'll want to join in for this memorable afternoon of relishing in the grandeur of a formal tea, remembering the beloved characters of Downton Abbey, and a special presentation by fashion historian Ren Antonowicz on "Footwear and Fribbles" (shoes, hats and accessories) that were as much of the lure of the show as the storyline and characters. Hearthside's annual Tea has always been one of our most popular events, but made even more so with the theme of Downton Abbey. Two seatings are offered, as space is limited.
Guests encouraged to wear Downton-inspired outfits, footwear and fribbles! Raffle, prizes, museum tour, shopping, and more make for a memorable afternoon and a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.
Tickets go on sale April 13th, but our members enjoy early purchase starting April 3. This is always a sell out so be sure to mark your calendar and get your tickets before they're gone.
Cost $34; $30 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 401-726-0597 or email info@hearthsidehouse.org.

Antique Phonograph Visit

Sunday, April 30th
An exhibit that literally comes to life! Several different types of antique phonographs will be exhibited by collectors from the Massachusetts Bay Colony Antique Phonograph Society. In addition to viewing the artifacts, there will be a special recording session of music played on Hearthside’s antique piano. The recorded cylinder will then be played on an old Edison. A unique opportunity to enjoy an exhibit and performance in one event.

Our special guest performers will be brother and sister, Christopher and Leah Trek. These extremely talented pianists will be playing throughout the afternoon. Leah, age 11, earned 2nd place playing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 at the New England Music Festival in 2015. She is also a student at Heritage Ballet. An aspiring orchestra director, Christopher is 13 and received first place with Beethoven’s Fur Elise at the New England Music Festival in 2014. He recently started a classical chamber ensemble group with other young musicians in an effort to promote classical music among youth. 

        Doors open at 1:00 with continuous admission until 3:00 p.m. The museum closes at 4:00 p.m. Tours are self-guided to view the phonographs on display. All three floors are open for touring, and costumed guides will be on hand to provide background on the house. Admission is $10; $5 ages 10-17; 9 and under are free, as well as members.

Sleeping Beauty: Aurora's 16th Birthday

Sunday, March 12th | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
On Sunday, March 12, a special appearance of ballet dancers from Sleeping Beauty will kick off Hearthside’s 2017 season. 
In a partnership with Heritage Ballet, Hearthside will feature the dancers in different rooms around this historic house while visitors enjoy the classic tale through storyboards and a self-guided tour. Talk with many of the story’s favorite characters: Princess Aurora and the Prince, the Lilac Fairy and Red, Green and Blue Fairies, Carabosse, Red Riding Hood, Pied Piper and Puss in Boots. As a special memento of the visit, there will be an opportunity for a custom portrait with the Princess. Interpreters dressed in period attire will also be on hand to provide history
about Hearthside for those who have never visited the museum.
The doors open at 1:00 p.m. with continuous admission until 3:00 p.m. The museum closes at 4:00. General admission is $10;
$5 ages 10-17; 9 and under and museum members are free. The Heritage Ballet will perform Sleeping Beauty at the Stadium
Theatre on April 1-2. 


April 8 & 9, 2017 from 1-3 p.m.
A special wedding exhibit is being featured on the weekend of April 8 & 9. Over 140 years of wedding dresses are represented in the exhibit, spanning from the 1840s to the 1980s. In the early years, brides simply wore their Sunday best, which eventually evolved into wearing white, made popular by Queen Victoria in the late 19th century and of course remains the choice of most brides today. The exhibit is displayed throughout two floors of the house museum and features over 20 dresses, mostly from the museum’s collections.
In addition to wedding attire, the origins of such wedding traditions such as throwing the bouquet, stealing the wedding shoes, serving Jordan almonds, wearing something blue, and other common, and not so common, traditions are explained on informational panels as part of the exhibit. Visitors are invited enjoy the exhibits at their leisure while taking a self-guided tour the house and learning of its history from guides in period costume. Doors open at 1:00 with continuous admission until 3:00. The museum closes at 4:00 p.m. A $10 general admission is charged, $5 for students 10 and over, and free for 9 and under as well as members of the museum. 

An American Girl Doll Tea Party

JUNE 3 & 4, 2017   12:30 & 2:30 P.M. SEATINGS
Now in its 10th year, the American Girl Doll Tea Party is a memorable time that has become a tradition for many families or a new experience for many moms, grandmothers, girls and their dolls. Hearthside’s Tea Party offers an opportunity for girls and their dolls to dress up and attend an elegant afternoon tea with their mom or other relative. 

While sipping tea from elegant china and enjoying miniature tea sandwiches and sweets, young visitors can expect valuable lessons of proper tea etiquette, just like girls in the past would have had to learn. Samantha, the 1904 American Girl Doll whose character lived in her grandmother’s mansion, is just one of the historical dolls’ stories that could have been a young girl who lived at Hearthside over the 200 year history of this mansion. Prizes, raffles, a favor for each girl, tours of the house and shopping for a special treat in Hearthside's Gift Shop, which will include a wonderful collection of handmade outfits and accessories that fit the 18”dolls, all make for a fun and memorable afternoon. Because of the popularity of the event, the event has grown to being held over a two day period, and there are two seatings offered both Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Seating is limited and is always a sell-out. Tickets must be purchased in advance by sending an email to info@hearthsidehouse.org or calling Hearthside at 401-726-0597.

An American Girl Doll Garden Party

Saturday, August 5th, 2017
This old-fashioned Garden Party brings an afternoon of fun to young girls ages 5-12 with their favorite doll and is held on the grounds of the historic mansion. Girls accompanied with an adult, will gather under the tent next to the garden to learn the language of flowers, enjoy lemonade and sweet treats, create a craft from pressed flowers, and enjoy games and activities that would have been a part of a girl’s life at the turn of the century.

Although any doll is welcome, the focus is on the American Girl Doll Samantha, whose story is from 1904. Samantha lives in a mansion, somewhat like Hearthside House. She would have spent summer days gathering flowers to preserve, chasing butterflies, playing lawn games, and enjoying summertime refreshments. A special presentation and display of the original Samantha doll, the character whose story comes from 1904, and her summertime accessories is a highlight of the day.

As part of the event, guests are invited to explore the museum where they will see a model of the first Ferris Wheel and many other interesting items from Hearthside’s 1904 World’s Fair exhibit. The party also features prizes, raffle, a favor, and shopping in the gift shop for a special outfit or accessory.

Because of limited space, two seatings are offered with the first at 12 noon and the second at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for a child/adult pair, and $20 for each additional child. Advance ticket sales only. Reserve by calling Hearthside at 401-726-0597 or email info@hearthsidehouse.org.

1904 World’s Fair: Showcasing RI’s Legacy of Achievement

Last Chance to View Exhibit on Thursday, Aug. 24th at 6:30 p.m
In the days before computers and television, there were international exhibitions to showcase different countries and their cultures, along with the best each had to offer in terms of science, technology, inventions, agriculture, manufacturing and cuisine. One of the most popular of these world’s fairs was held in 1904 in St. Louis, a time when the world was rapidly changing and there was excitement and a real sense of optimism for the future.   
Today, the interest and nostalgia of the 1904 World’s Fair remains high. On July 23rd from Hearthside will celebrate this turn-of-the-century spectacle and Rhode Island’s unique connections to the Fair with our own World’s Fair 1904: Showcasing Rhode Island’s Legacy of Achievement. The all-day event will provide an immersive experience into the history and memories of the World’s Greatest Fair. Hitting all the senses, this informative yet entertaining event will feature the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and textures of the Fair. Inside the museum, experience exhibits, artifacts and image galleries throughout the historic house that showcase some of the latest innovations that were seen at the Fair. Outdoors on the grounds, non-stop family fun activities will feature some of what fairgoers in 1904 would have experienced, including period fashions, cultural performances, old-time brass music and songs, carnival –type games, antique cars, demonstrations, art displays, and foods that were made popular at that Fair such as ice cream cones, hot dogs and iced tea.   
The tribute to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair comes with a special connection that Hearthside has with the greatest international exhibition in history; it was selected to be the model for the design of the Rhode Island Building at that Fair. 
The dawn of the new century was a very proud time for Rhode Islanders, and their achievements and innovations in industry, education and the arts and were widely recognized at the 1904 World’s Fair. Memories and connections to such a once-in-a-lifetime event like the 1904 World’s Fair don’t disappear, and now the Hearthside Museum is bringing many of these stories to life with an ideal summertime event that appeals to all ages. The event runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 adults; $5 ages 10-17; under 10 free. 
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