Nellis Tavern plans new exhibit

ST. JOHNSVILLE – The historic Nellis Tavern museum on Route 5 will present “A Handsome Assortment: Chairs of the Turnpike Tavern Era,” an exhibit scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22.

The Turnpike Era in upstate New York corresponded roughly with the first half of the 19th century, according to a news release.

The exhibit will feature examples of the types of seating pieces that would have been found in common use in establishments like Nellis Tavern during its heyday between 1800 and 1840, when it faced the Mohawk Turnpike, which later became Route 5, the release said.

Today, objects like these are regarded as distinctive examples of early American artisanship, the release said. They are often examples of early American mass production, as well.

The exhibit also will be a feature of the museum’s Evening at the Tavern event Sept. 22.

For more information, call 922-7051.

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