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Shelburne (map)

 

Shelburne, with its population is just short of 8,000, lies about 7 miles south of Burlington.  It was chartered in 1763 and named after William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne.

The wood industry and farming were the major industries early on.  Later, sheep raising and ship building grew in importance.  The Ticonderoga, built here in 1906, was moved overland to the Shelburne Museum in 1955, where it is now on display.  The fantastic Shelburne Museum is a major tourist attraction in Shelburne.

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Vermont Teddy Bear Factory (map)

 

Founded in 1983, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company is the largest seller of teddy bears by mail order through the internet.

 

All teddy bears are handmade and the very informative factory tour is a must-do for kids and the young-at-heart.

 

Every teddy bear is guaranteed for life and, should teddy feel sick or need some repairs, teddy can be sent to the Bear hospital for any reason.  Dr. Nancy is there to help and make teddy happy and healthy again.  Dr. Nancy say: "99% of the time, the patient makes a full recovery" but "sometimes the injuries are just too extreme...we will always replace your friend if he cannot be repaired.".

Exterior of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont
Huge teddy bear at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont
Lobby of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont
Factory tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont
Factory tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont
Factory tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont
Factory tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont
Factory tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont

Oakledge Park and 3rd of July Fireworks (map)

 

We visited Shelburne on July 3 and that is the day when Burlington celebrates the 4th of July with their fireworks.  We loved the idea of early fireworks, as it enabled us to see the 4th of July fireworks the next day in the Adirondacks.  Instead of taking a bus to downtown which is blocked off for the celebrations and super crowded, locals suggested we watch the fireworks at Oakledge Park.  And they were so right.  The view on the fireworks from Oakledge Park is fantastic.  And the best of all, you don’t need to wait in crowded bus lines or traffic jams to get back to your hotel.

 

Oakledge Park was built in the 1970s on a site that was used as a farm, private residence, resort and shipyard.  The park has two public beaches, , charcoal grills, a playground, tennis, bocce and volleyball courts , a tree house, walking trails, picnic tables, bathrooms and access to Burlington’s 9 mile bike path.

During the summer months, stand-up paddle boards can be rented and there are even lessons on how to use them.  Last but not least, there is also free wifi.

Parking is free from November to April, but costs $2 per hour from May to October.

Sunset at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont
Sunset at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont
Boats at Sunset at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont
Fireworks at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont
Fireworks at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont
Fireworks at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont
Fireworks at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont
Fireworks at Oakledge Park at the 3rd of July Fireworks in Shelburne, Vermont

Shelburne Museum (map)

 

The Shelburne Museum was one of the highlights of our trip.  There is so much to see and do, that you should plan full day for the over 150,000 artifacts that are exhibited in 39 buildings.  Twenty of those buildings are 18th and 19th century buildings from New England and New York that were relocated to the museum.  Among them are barns, a covered bridge, general store, jail, lighthouse, meeting house, one-room schoolhouse, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.
The museum displays artifacts from the 17th to the 20th century, 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th and 20th century decoys and carriages.

It was founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb, who was an avid collector of American folk art.  She sought to create "an educational project, varied and alive” by displaying her collections in a village resembling historic New England architecture - the Shelburne Museum.

 

Here is a rough overview about the sheer number of displays:

  • 1,400 wildfowl decoys and miniature carvings
  • 120 weathervanes
  • 50 carousel figures, including all 40 animals from an early Dentzel carousel
  • 600 historic posters in the circus collection
  • 3,500 handcarved pieces of a Kirk Brothers Miniature Circus
  • 525 linear feet of 112 attractions from the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Yankee Circus, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in of a special exhibition building
  • 770 bed coverings including 500 quilts
  • 400 hooked and sewn rugs
  • 2,800 costumes and accessories
  • 6,650 pieces of ceramics, glass, metalwork, pewter, scrimshaw
  • more than 1,000 historic dolls
  • 27 dollhouses
  • 3,200 American drawings, paintings, and prints from Bierstadt, Cassatt, Chase, Copley, Heade, Homer, Eastman Johnson, Lane, Grandma Moses, Peto and Andrew Wyeth
  • European paintings from Corot, Daubigny, Degas, Manet and Monet
  • 225 horsedrawn vehicles
  • 5,000 hand tools used for leatherworking, metalsmithing, woodworking, spinning and weaving
  • apothecary shop and physician's office with 2,000 medicines and medical instruments
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Carousel at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Carousel at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Rail car at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Interior of a rail car at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Historic train at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Ticonderoga ship at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Interior of the Ticonderoga ship at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Interior of the Ticonderoga ship at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Blacksmith at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Art made by blacksmith at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Building at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Church at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Interior of a church at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Barn at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Interior of a barn at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Interior of a barn at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Buildings at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Dolls at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Doll house at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Covered bridge at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Inside of a covered bridge at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Building at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Building at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont

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