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“Visiting with a friend”
Review of Thornton W. Burgess Museum - CLOSED

Thornton W. Burgess Museum
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Owner description: Preserved in a 18th-century house, the life and works of Thornton Burgess, renowned children's author and naturalist, are displayed.
Tuckahoe, New York
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Visiting with a friend”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

One of the few treasures I have been able to retain from my childhood of many moves, is a tattered copy of the Burgess Animal Book for Children with its stories of Old Mother Nature and Peter Rabbit and its lovely color plate illustrations by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (my sister had the Bird book, which I have long coveted and at last purchased). So it was with the sense of visiting an old friend, that I pulled up to the modest cottage by the side of a pond that is the Burgess Museum.
This is a simple affair, don't plan on spending the day there, an hour will do. But for those of us forever touched by Thornton Burgess's simple, innocent, and deeply informative stories, it's a magical hour. Bits of information about the author's life, a docent who loves the man the way we do, rare copies of his books, many in pristine condition, and the homey feel of the place combine to make for a lovely escape into a better world. Stroll into Sandwich after your visit and there will be a glow about the place that you didn't notice before.

Visited August 2011
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3 Thank Joe B
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English first
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44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Less than what we expected”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

We knew nothing about Thornton Burgess when we visited the Museum and really learned very little about him there. Underwhelmed but did enjoy learning about the jam kitchen.

Visited April 2012
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Thank Emigd
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California
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens and awesome jams!”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

Beautiful gardens, jam tasting, the ability to take jam making classes

Visited May 2012
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1 Thank Travelisfun093
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Wainfleet, Canada
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32 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lots of history to read”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

This was a very small museum, just a couple of rooms, but lots to read about the author. Had a little gift store. Staff was friendly. A beautiful view!!

Visited September 2011
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Thank bcsanig
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Framingham
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46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“An Interesting Little Museum”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

We went to see a Cape Cod photography exhibit learned a bit about the author of Peter Rabbit (briefly known as Peter Cottontail). The jelly kitchen was a nice little attraction and although the weather did not permit, the grounds seem nicely kept.

Visited April 2012
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Thank 005Mustang
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