Following is a list of interesting woodworking-related travel destinations around the United States and Canada. Museums, bookshops, woodworking schools and other related venues are included. While researching these sites you should visit our related Woodworking Schools page. If you have ever considered attending woodworking training or classes, this could be an opportunity for a quick detour to review a likely school or training venue. Please contact our Webmaster if any link does not work.
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101 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation presenting a part of the historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Its 301-acre historic area includes several hundred restored or re-created buildings from the 18th century, when the city was the capital of Colonial Virginia; 17th-century, 19th-century, and Colonial Revival structures; and more recent reconstructions. An interpretation of a colonial American city, the historic area includes three main thoroughfares and their connecting side streets that attempt to suggest the atmosphere and the circumstances of 18th-century Americans.
Dr. S.S. Crow House
Built in 1909 by the Greene and Hall brothers – Designed and executed entirely under Henry Greene’s direction, the Crow house and grounds designed for Edward Crocker show the younger brother’s mature ability. The single-story structure is arranged around a narrow courtyard in a U-shaped plan whose open end stands away from the street. One wing of the plan is devoted to the service functions of the house, the opposite wing to family bedrooms. The link between the two is devoted to living room and dining room. Glazed doors opposite the entry provide garden views beyond the courtyard from which light floods into the north wing through a continuous wall of casement windows that open into the hallway serving the bedroom chambers. Edward Savage Crocker and his wife, Adelaide, purchased Dr. Crow’s house in January 1911. Crocker was responsible for doubling the size of the property by purchasing land to the west of the residence and enhancing it with extensive gardens and out buildings designed by Henry Greene.
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena CA 91103
(Westmoreland Place is a short, private street that runs parallel to the 300 N. block of Orange Grove between Walnut and Rosemont.)
The Gamble House, also known as the David B. Gamble House, is an iconic American Craftsman home in Pasadena, California, designed by the architectural firm Greene and Greene. Constructed in 1908–09 as a home for David B. Gamble of the Procter & Gamble company, it is today a National Historic Landmark, a California Historical Landmark, and open to the public for tours and events.
Hancock Shaker Village
34 Lebanon Mountain Rd.
Hancock, MA 01237
(They are located on Route 20 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just west of the junction of Routes 20 and 41.<br>Parking: Enter 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 then proceed 1/2 mile further West on Rt. 20 to the parking lot.)
Hancock Shaker Village is a former Shaker commune in Hancock and Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It emerged in the towns of Hancock, Pittsfield, and Richmond in the 1780s, organized in 1790, and was active until 1960. It was the third of nineteen major Shaker villages established between 1774 and 1836 in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. From 1790 until 1893, Hancock was the seat of the Hancock Bishopric, which oversaw two additional Shaker communes in Tyringham, Massachusetts, and Enfield, Connecticut. The village was closed by the Shakers in 1960, and sold to a local group who formed an independent non-profit. This organization now operates the property as an open-air museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1968.
Other Shaker villages:
o Mt. Lebanon and Watervliet, New York Explore Mt. Lebanon Shaker Museum
o Harvard and Hancock. Massachusetts Explore Harvard Shaker Village
o Enfield, Connecticut Explore Enfield Shaker Village
o Sabbathday Lake, Maine Explore Sabbath Day Shaker Village
o Canterbury, New Hampshire Explore Canterbury Shaker Village
o Pleasant Hill and South Union, Kentucky Explore Pleasant Hill
(An Authentic 18th-Century New England Village)
84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-774-5581 or 413-775-7214
Jonathan Fisher House (and 1814 Historic House Museum)
44 Mines Rd., PO Box 537
Blue Hill, ME 04614-0537
In 1796 he became the first settled Congregational minister of the small village
of Blue Hill, Maine. Although his primary duties as a country parson engaged
much of his time (followed closely by farming), Fisher was also an artist,
scientist, mathematician, surveyor, and writer of prose and poetry. He bound his
own books, made buttons and hats, designed and built furniture, painted sleighs,
was a reporter for the local newspaper, helped found Bangor Theological
Seminary, dug wells, built his own home and raised a large family.
The house contains remarkable survivals from Federal-era New England, including:
o Artwork, including paintings, drawings, watercolors, and woodblock prints
o Furniture he built and finished for his family and others
o Superb collection of homemade surveying instruments, carefully preserved
o Large camera obscura that he designed and built himself to aid in drawing
o His extensive library
o Re-created 1820 orchard from original plans, incorporating a 200-year old pear tree
Lost Arts Press
837 Willard Street
Covington, KY 41011
Attending artists in residence:
Mary May Megan
1847 Aquetong Rd
New Hope, PA
The George Nakashima House, Studio and Workshop is a historic artist’s compound at 1847 and 1858 Aquetong Rd. in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The compound consists of houses and studio buildings designed and built by artist George Nakashima (1905-1990), which served as family homes and as his studio space. The studio-related buildings are open to the public for tours; the houses of the compound continue to serve as residences of the Nakashima family. In April 2014 it was also designated a National Historic Landmark. The site was listed on the World Monument Fund’s 2014 Endangered Sites Watchlist.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
900 Old Salem Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
This is a historic site, telling the stories of people, including Moravian, Black, and Indigenous peoples in the American South. As one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions, our museums — the Historic Town of Salem, the galleries at Frank L. Horton Museum Center, including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) contains the finest collection of its kind in the nation, featuring architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, needlework, paintings, prints, and other decorative arts made and used in the early American South.
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum which recreates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. It is the largest living museum in New England, covering more than 200 acres (80 hectares). The Village includes 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills, and a working farm. The museum is popular among tourists and for educational field trips. Costumed interpreters speaking in modern English help visitors understand 19th-century life.
The William R. Thorsen House is a historic residence in Berkeley, California. Built in 1909 for William and Caroline Thorsen, it is one of the last of four standing ultimate bungalows designed by Henry and Charles Greene of the renowned architectural firm Greene & Greene and the only one located in Northern California.
Wharton Esherick Museum
1520 Horse Shoe Trail
The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of American artist Wharton Esherick, who worked primarily in wood to create furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more. A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.
Whitehorne House Museum
416 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840
Newport Restoration Foundation’s Whitehorne House Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to displaying and exploring the artistry, history, and culture of 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Winterthur, DE 19735
Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur…is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.