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Bucket Town: Four Centuries of Toy-Making and Coopering in Hingham

Through handcrafted toys and related decorative arts, Bucket Town will explore the rich traditions of coopering and toy-making in Hingham, Massachusetts, a coastal town located in Boston’s South Shore. For nearly two centuries Hingham served as the woodenware capital of the country, earning the nickname Bucket Town. Its sturdy pails and piggins were staples in New England homes. By the 1770s enterprising coopers had begun to produce miniature versions of these goods to sell as keepsakes and novelties. From their shops emerged the first and largest community of professional toy-makers in America.

The recent discovery of a 1830s fully-intact toy and box-making shop in Hingham provides a rare opportunity to see inside this world. Displaying many of the contents of this shop as well as a significant amassed collection of Hingham produced woodenwares and miniature furniture, Bucket Town will mark the public debut of this extraordinary time capsule.

June 21, 2014
9:30 AM – January 18, 2015
5:00 PM
Visitor Center
29 Stallion Hill Road
Sturbridge, MA 01518
Open to guests visiting the museum.
Christie Jackson, Curator of Decorative Arts