Weaving on the Loom Demonstration at Josiah Dennis Manse

August 3rd in Dennis
Master weaver Susan Kelley of the Dennis Historical Society and junior docent Jace Murphy work on the 18th century barn loom at the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse on Whig Street in Dennis Village. (Lisa Parker photo)

Master weaver Susan Kelley of the Dennis Historical Society will demonstrate 18th century techniques for using a colonial barn loom at the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse in Dennis Village Saturday, August 3, from 1-4pm.

Kelley will use the early loom to create a sample on linen warp—with wool woven through the linen threads—in much the same way colonists would have in the early 1700s as they created materials for curtains, bed hanging, rugs, and clothing. Visitors that day can try their own hand at moving the shuttle back and forth to weave line after line of cloth along the narrow linen warp. Kelley will also demonstrate on an early spinning wheel as she transforms wool into usable thread for the loom.


Other highlights of any Manse visit include the Maritime History Room in the back ell, as well as rooms on the first and second floor filled with period furniture and Dennis-related artifacts. Featured throughout the summer is a carefully imagined full outfit of colonial garb—designed, crafted and sewn by local expert and Dennis Historical Society member Linda Peterson and found in the front parlor—that Josiah Dennis might have worn circa 1750.

The Manse, found at 61 Whig Street at Nobscusset Road, continues to be open Tuesdays from 10am - 1pm and Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm through August 29. Admission to the Manse is free, with donations gladly accepted.

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