Mystic Seaport Research Trip

A new project is underway - inspired by boat figureheads. I had been to Mystic Seaport Museum in the past, and some digging through library books reminded me of some beautiful examples. I made sure to return this past December while I was in New England.

I visited on December 26 with my mother Denise and sister Corinna.

It was a brisk sunny winter day, but in the shade it was frigid! We walked from building to building, including one of my favorites - the rope making shed. But these exhibit spaces, open to the elements, were COLD! We lingered much longer in some exhibitions which had wood stoves and staff guides who provided great historical context. The bellows in the blacksmith shop were hard at work, and the stove in the woodworking studio was cranking, which provided warm welcoming respites.

We were directed to building No. 5 where the figureheads are kept - an exhibition space I had missed on my last trip. What a beautiful room of carvings.

I’m including some snapshots from the visit in this image gallery that I'll use as inspiration.