Village Life

Visit the houses and gardens of a 19th-century New England seafaring village. Meet a roleplayer, explore the businesses and shops, and talk to interpreters demonstrating 19th-century trades and crafts.

Anchor Circle and the Greenmanville Church

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Greenmanville Church

During the 1850s and for a generation thereafter, the Greenmanville Seventh Day Baptist Church was the focus of the town’s considerable Seventh Day Baptist community.

Learn the art of making barrels and casks, an integral part of 19-century industry, at the Mystic Seaport Cooperage.

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The cooperage was a shop where round wooden containers, which we often call barrels, were manufactured. These casks were an essential element in life both at sea and ashore, and wooden containers made from staves and hoops served many storage purposes.

Buckingham-Hall House

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Buckingham-Hall House

Originally situated in Saybrook, Connecticut, near the only ferry crossing at the mouth of the Connecticut River, this house was the home of the family of William Hall Sr., a New York import merchant, in the 1830s.

The Ship Carver shop at Mystic Seaport

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Ship Carver

Figureheads and other carvings which decorated wooden ships in the Age of Sail are sometimes all that remain from the many vessels built in the 19th century. The staff who work here carve nameboards, trailboards, figureheads, and sternboards for boats, as well as shop signs, tobacconists’ figures, and decorations meant for the home.

Nautical Instrument Shop

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Nautical Instruments Shop

Here the ships’ officers could purchase or have adjustments made to their precise and somewhat delicate navigational tools–quadrants, sextants and chronometers.

mystic seaport classes

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James Driggs Shipsmith Shop

This shipsmith shop was built in New Bedford, Mass., by James D. Driggs in 1885. It is the only manufactory of ironwork for the whaling industry known to have survived from the 19th century.