This volume accompanies an exhibition presented at Old Sturbridge Village, June 21, 2014, to January 18, 2015.
Today, the seaside town of Hingham, Massachusetts, is noted as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Boston. Residents and tourists alike covet its historic architecture, scenic waterfront, and pastoral landscapes, yet few remember the town’s industrious past. For nearly two centuries Hingham was the woodenware capital of America, earning it the nickname Bucket town. Its sturdy pails, piggins, boxes, and buckets were staples in New England homes and were traded as far away as the West Indies. By the late eighteenth century enterprising coopers began producing miniature versions of these goods to sell as keepsakes and novelties. From their shops emerged the first community of professional toymakers in America, men and women who achieved local, national, and international acclaim for their finely-crafted playthings. Bucket Town: Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1635-1945, brings to light for the first time this fascinating history of American coopering and toymaking.
Author: Derin T. Bray
Hardback: 208 pages
Publisher: Hingham Historical Commission (2014)