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September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 13, 2020

Toys from the Attic Exhibit & Tour at Historic Hearthside House

Hearthside House announces the final dates to visit the museum to see the exhibit, “Toys from the Attic,” on Sunday afternoon, September 6th and on Sunday, the 13th.

This nostalgic exhibit takes a fascinating glimpse into childhood, our culture and the historical evolution of toys in our society. Displays feature toys, dolls, games and other childhood artifacts that were popular from the early 1800s to 1980s in an exhibit that is organized by decades and fills the rooms on two floors. The tour is self-guided, with costumed docents available for questions.

A separate toy making activity where children can make a simple old-fashioned toy will be held outdoors in the side yard. During the 19th century, before technology made it possible to mass produce toys, families made their own toys. These simple toys gave kids a chance to let their imaginations run wild and create their own unique toy.   Activity is by advance registration and limited to six starting every 30 minutes between 1:00-3:00 p.m.

For those who wish to stay outdoors, there is an optional hour-long exterior architectural and history tour of the house. Tours available at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. and must be reserved in advance.  Limit of six to each tour group.

Many of today’s popular toys actually date back 100 years ago or more.  Since toys and games have been a part of childhood, and even adulthood, the exhibit has something for everyone, of any age.  Also included are those toys that weren’t to be played with–the collectibles, such as Madame Alexander and Gorham dolls from the 1980s during the height of doll collecting, and toy soldiers, a popular collectible of boys throughout the years.  Displays of children’s vignettes portraying different years of the families who occupied Hearthside over the course of its history are set up in the bedrooms.

Safety measures being taken include limiting the number of visitors to four at one time, face masks mandatory, one-way traffic through the house, social distancing, and sanitizing surfaces that may be touched.  Hand sanitizers are also available throughout the house.  Tours are by advance registration only, made through the museum’s website.  Time slots that begin every 20 minutes will be allotted to each group. Tours take an hour starting at 1:00 p.m. with the last tour at 3:00 p.m.

General tour admission $12; $5 ages 10-17; free for 9 and under and members.  Included in the admission fee are the toy making activity. Cost of the toy making activity without museum admission is $5 per child.

To register and purchase tickets, visit www.hearthsidehouse.org or call 401-726-0597.

Hearthside House (c.1810) is located at 677 Great Road, Lincoln, RI.  The historic sites of Hearthside and the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park are owned by the Town of Lincoln and operated by the nonprofit volunteer organization Friends of Hearthside.  All proceeds benefit the continued programming and restoration of these original buildings.


September 13
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$5 – $17
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Hearthside House Museum
677 Great Road
Lincoln, 02865
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(401) 726-0597


Friends of Hearthside