The Museum of Early Southern
Decorative Arts (MESDA)

Opened in 1965 to preserve, document, exhibit, and interpret the decorative arts of the early South, MESDA offers visitors a wide range of southern artistry and craftsmanship from the 1670s through the early nineteenth century. Then as now, a rich cultural diversity characterized southern lifestyles and material culture. From fine art to folk art and including furniture, paintings, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork, MESDA’s twenty four period rooms and six galleries exhibit decorative arts objects from the three regions of the early South: the Chesapeake, the Low Country and the Backcountry and include objects from North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia.


Colonial Williamsburg

Visit Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and step back more than 220 years to the eve of the American Revolution. From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political and cultural center of Britain's largest colony in the New World. Colonial Williamsburg is the nation's largest living history museum encompassing 301 acres including some 500 buildings, homes, stores and taverns reconstructed and restored to their 18th-century appearances; tradesmen practicing 30 historic trades and domestic crafts; historical interpreters and character actors; and 90 acres of gardens and greens, and now featuring the live action drama, Revolutionary City™, daily from mid-March to the holiday season.

Historic Deerfield

Step into early America as you tour Historic Deerfield's eleven house museums. Explore hundreds of years of history along an original, mile-long street.

Examine one of the finest collections of early American textiles and costumes ever assembled! A testament to the passion of Historic Deerfield's co-founder Helen Geier Flynt during 60 years of collecting, this gallery presents examples
of embroidery, woven silks, bed hangings, coverlets, quilts, costumes, and accessories from about 1600 to the end of the 19th century.

Strawbery Banke Museum

History Happened Here! Experience four centuries of American life
in NH's oldest waterfront neighborhood. Through restored furnished houses, exhibits, demonstrations, historic landscapes and gardens,
and costumed role players, Strawbery Banke interprets the living history of generations who settled in Portsmouth, NH, from 1653-1958.

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS include Lectures, discussions, workshops, symposia, and field schools are offered throughout the year on subjects including archeology, decorative arts, architecture, social history, horticulture, historic preservation, agricultural history, and foodways.

Eight authentic period gardens throughout the site.


Winterthur, an American country estate, is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist. In the early 20th century, H. F. du Pont and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th- and19th-century European country houses.

A visit to Winterthur will immerse you in another time and place. Rediscover America's heritage through its unparalleled collections of antiques and Americana. Venture out over the fields and farmland to learn about the workings of a great American country estate.

The permanent exhibitions in the Galleries at Winterthur invite exploration and discovery. From a collection of more than 85,000 objects made or used in America between 1640 and 1860, Winterthur curators have crafted themed displays.