Usually we see chairs as just part of a setting, but the new exhibit at Hallockville Museum Farm, “Best Seats in the House: The Chairs of Hallockville,” puts them front and center. These chairs, all from the Hallockville collection, present a unique social and cultural history running from 1771 through the 1900s. The opening reception is Friday, June 18, 5-7 p.m.
Each chair tells a story — whether in its design, use, family history or repairs. One chair was a wedding present to a Hallock who served as a Minute Man before the revolution; another is based on a design from an ancient Grecian urn; another is a precursor of the modern recliner; and several belonged to James Tuthill, founder of Jamesport.
The chairs, some of which have been in storage and have never been displayed publicly, will be on exhibit in the Hallock Homestead and the Trubisz Little House. Visitors can also participate in a “chair hunt” that challenges them to find specific chairs.
Curated by Richard Wines, Nancy Gilbert and Mary Anne Huntington, the exhibit, which runs through December, is based on research by Hallockville’s winter interns, Caitlin Gambill and Tyler Mayo.