Folk ArtView Gallery
Shelburne’s collection of 18th- and 19th-century American folk art is the finest in the nation. Weathervanes, whirligigs, cigar store figures, trade signs, ship’s carvings, scrimshaw, frakturs, carousel figures, and sculptures are included, as are exceptional folk art paintings by artists including Edward Hicks, William Matthew Prior, Erastus Salisbury Field, Joseph Whiting Stock and Ammi Phillips.
Electra Webb was one of the earliest collectors of folk art. She bought her first folk art sculpture, a cigar store figure in Stamford, Connecticut in 1908 when she was 19. She travelled throughout New England in search of folk art and by the 1940s was buying from such prominent dealers as Edith Halpert at the Downtown Gallery in New York City.
The Museum continues to acquire folk art of all types.
The publication American Folk Art at the Shelburne Museum is available at the Museum’s gift shop and through the online store.
Folk art is exhibited in several buildings, primarily Stagecoach Inn but also Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery, Circus Building, Variety Unit, and the Brick House.