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Surprises abound at Shelburne Farms and Shelburne Museum

PETER VANDERWARKER (ABOVE); VERA CHANG (CENTER, LEFT)

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Maintained and operated by the nearby Shelburne Museum, the Brick House is the Colonial Revival retreat where its founder, the visionary Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960), let her idea for a museum incubate. Restored to something very close to its Webb-era condition, it’s an extraordinary place — 40 rooms, each arrayed with lamps, rugs, teapots, pewter vessels, period wallpapers, framed horseshoes, bronze owls, dinner sets, embroidery, silhouette portraits, and sundry Americana — in a setting that is as serene and idyllic as any I’ve been in.

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