Colonial Bed Hangings to Be Featured at Josiah Dennis Manse

July 6th from 1 to 4 p.m.
One of the historical bed hangings to be exhibited at the Josiah Dennis Manse. (Courtesy of Dennis Historical Society)

A spectacular reproduction of 18th century colonial bed hangings will be featured in a free exhibit at Josiah Dennis Manse Saturday, July 6, from 1 - 4pm.

The remarkable needlework of the Tree of Life headboard panel—painstakingly sewn by Dennis Historical Society members Terri Fox, Ruth Derick, and Chris Talbott—hangs in the upstairs west bedroom, where it adorns a 1730s pencil post bed similar to one listed in Reverend Dennis’s will and inventory at his death in 1763. The accompanying valence is decorated with an undulating wavy vine, along with butterflies, a dragonfly, and a chickadee. The posts themselves are curtained in each corner, as they would have been in the 1700s.

The Manse is located at 61 Whig Street in Dennis Village. The historic home of the town’s namesake minister is open June 25 through August 29 on Tuesdays (10am - 1pm),  Thursdays (1pm - 4pm), and special-event Saturdays. Admission is always free, with donations gratefully accepted.


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