Letter to the editor: General Henry Knox Museum at Montpelier

Henry’s Harvest Party

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 1:30pm

The Knox Museum wants to thank all of the wonderful sponsors, volunteers (over a dozen) and families who braved the cold, wet morning, Saturday, October 12, to attend the Museum’s first Fall Harvest Festival!  Despite the weather, the activities were in full swing from 10:00 to 1:00 throughout the first floor of the museum.  Over 80 children, with their parents and grandparents, played pumpkin ring toss and held apple races, painted pumpkins, decorated cookies, and made Colonial hats complete with wig curls.  Face painting and dress-up photo ops with Henry were most popular. Guests enjoyed bags of fresh-popped popcorn, apple cider and pumpkin doughnut holes. Docent-led Tours of Montpelier were held throughout the event and many of the 175 attendees (all local families) toured the house for the first time. There were a lot of happy, happy faces!

However, we could not have held this free event without the generous support of Camden National Bank, Thomaston Grocery, First National Bank Wealth Management, Brooks Trap Mill, Headacre Farm, Walmart, Fresh off the Farm, Plants Unlimited, Spears Farm, Ed and Sally Williamson, and Susan and Gordon Fay. Thank you, thank you for making our first Harvest Festival such a success!

Additional free-will donations went towards funding the Museum’s sought-after Knox Boxes, distributed to local elementary schools. The boxes, filled with books about General Knox and the American Revolution encourage hands-on learning and exploration with replicas of Colonial artifacts and memorabilia. 

Even before the festival ended, guests and volunteers were already talking about what they will look forward to for next year’s festival. Next October! Mark your 2020 calendars! 

The General Henry Knox Museum is at 30 High Street, in Thomaston