In addition to the household, craft, and agricultural artifacts in our Barn Museum, our library contains a considerable amount of non-book material. These items reside in a controlled environment, and are carefully stored and catalogued, and include Portraits, Paintings by Local Artists, Work from Classes at Thetford Academy, Costumes, Artifacts, and Furniture.
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Six early 19th century portraits: Timothy Bartholomew; Joseph Hosford and Abner Hosford, painted by Benjamin Franklin Mason; Dr. David Palmer; and Judge Simeon Short, all of Thetford; and Benjamin Page, of Swanzey, NH.
- Philip Martin (1893 - 1971)
- William Malherbe (1884 - 1955)
- R. Alden Burt (1921 - 1997)
- William Bartholomew (1822 - 1898) Boston art educator who spent several summers in Post Mills
- William Baxter Closson (1848-1926
An unusual collection showing instruction during the 1850s in several different media, mainly in black and white.
- Pencil sketching
- painting on sandpaper
- copy of small and large engravings.
A limited number of costumes, including:
- Several local wedding dresses, 1880-1920
- A Civil War uniform from a member of the Hosford family.
A total of 91 collections, grouped by donor or by category.
- Children's games, toys and clothes
- Medical Kit of local doctor H.H. Niles (1807-1881)
- Guns and accessories
- Fishing rods and reels from the Chubb Fish Rod Factory in Post Mills.
Early 19th century furniture with local connections:
- Rev. Asa Burton - candlestand, country chippendale chair, 2 Windsor chairs
- Judge Simeon Short - Empire desk
- Fowler family - desk, rocker, tall clock
- Horsehair parlor set from Howe family
- Tall chest made in Enfield, NH shaker colony
- Hosford-Wilcox family - rocker, wooden box, large hair wreath.