Stagecoach Inn is the place to see Shelburne Museum’s renowned folk art collection, one of the earliest and finest in the country. Imposing cigar-store figures, elegant ship’s carvings, and whimsical weathervanes are exhibited alongside iconic American folk art paintings, including a rare collection of decorative trade signs.
Stagecoach Inn was built in 1783 and was used as an inn in Charlotte, Vermont, along the main stage route to Montreal. Its regularly spaced windows flanking a central door with sidelights reflect the Georgian style popular in late eighteenth-century America. This handsome building features ten fireplaces and a second-floor ballroom—now filled with art.
The inn was moved to Shelburne Museum in 1949. The broad porch you see today was added at that time to recreate the building’s original, early appearance.