Millie Packard House
We have lived in North Easton, MA for the last 31 years, longer than any where else. The town is steeped in history, interesting buildings and people.
If you have a shovel/spade in your garage or basement, it is probably an Ames shovel and if old enough, made here in Easton. The Ames Shovel Company was founded in 1774 and their shovels built the transcontinental railroad plus they were supplied to the soldiers in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
Many of the buildings were designed by architect H. H. Richardson (Trinity Church, Boston) He worked with the famous landscaper, F. L. Olmstead (New York's Central Park)
I could go on but I want to feature the Millie Packard House that has recently been made available to the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District for use as an Art Gallery/Cooperative.
The small house (shown here before being renovated) pre-dates the Shovel Works buildings. It belonged to Millie Packard, daughter of Jonathan Randall who ran a gristmill at nearby Queset Brook before the Ames family arrived in Easton.
I recently joined the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District and will be displaying some of my jewelry designs in the Art Gallery/Cooperative at the Millie Packard House. There is a "soft opening" this coming weekend. (May 10 and 11) If you are in the area, please stop by. (email me for directions)
The rest of this week I will be busy deciding what pieces I will show, for starters, pricing and figuring out the best way to display them. I'll let you all know how it works out. But what a fun week ahead!
Until next time,
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