Current Exhibitions

2020 Summer Exhibitions (May 23rd — September 27th)

Monday, Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 2pm – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Every year OHS presents new exhibitions—and 2020 is no different—featuring a wide range of art, manuscripts, and objects drawn from our 60,000+ item collection to illuminate myriad aspects of life in Orient and East Marion, from the 17th century up to the present day. Village House, a former boarding house built in the early 19th century, houses many of these exhibitions in former bedrooms converted to galleries. The Old Point Schoolhouse, which is also home to our family programs throughout the summer, is a second venue for exhibitions.

Please join us for this year’s exciting new curated exhibitions focusing on Orient and East Marion history, which are slated to include…

Oysterponds People: Captain W.W. Stephenson & Private John Henry Young will concentrate on two celebrated native sons and Civil War veterans, with a spotlight on related artifacts, including diaries, personal possessions, and much more, including exceptional photographs like the one above, in which Captain Young is pictured in the back row, second from the left.

Maritime Photographs will present a fascinating view of maritime vessel photographs—all with storied connections to Oysterponds. Sections will be devoted to naval vessels; five-masted schooners; and the side-wheeler steamboats that brought visitors to Orient.

Primary Sources: Documents From the OHS Archives will shed light on day-to-day life in East Marion and Orient over a period of several hundred years. Focus will be on some of the most compelling items in OHS’s distinguished collection.

Recent Acquisitions in the OHS collection are among its most prized and rare:  an important Connecticut 1808 Eli Terry tall-case clock– with its original label; an 1846 sampler stitched by Catherine King; old postcards of Orient and East Marion, and much more.

Signs & Banners presents numerous exceptional artifacts from Orient’s thriving 19th and early 20th century business community, including a doctor’s office sign; the stern board of a whaling ship; a sign for the Orient Cornet Band, and much more.

Firefighting in Oysterponds focuses on the Orient and East Marion fire departments and engrossing related material such as old photographs; documents; medals; old fire buckets; firefighting uniforms, and much more.


Village House & Webb House

The period-appropriate interiors of Village House and Webb House showcase different aspects of the history of our American maritime community. Village House invites you to experience life in a boarding house during the 19th century, when Orient began to host a large number of summer visitors who arrived by ferry and train.  Enjoy 19th century life on the main floor, furnished with objects, furniture and art that came from local families and then go upstairs to see exhibitions in the boarding house’s former bedrooms. Just across Village Lane is Webb House, which moved to its location in Poquatuck Park in 1955 and is set up as an 18th-century tavern, furnished with a remarkable collection of antiques, portraits, and maritime art.

Summer Exhibitions

Village House & Webb House

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