Kingman Tavern Museum
Backstory and Context
One of the features in the museum is a replica 1900 country store that once existed in Cummington. The original fixtures of the store were preserved and used to recreate it within the confines of the museum. Another feature of the museum is a display by miniaturist Alice Steele. Her meticulously detailed creations all represent rooms or shops from Cummington. The other rooms all display period furnishings and pieces and include the kitchen, parlors and bedrooms. Other rooms are dedicated to textiles, military history, light industry, millinery, and clothing.
Within the barn, various hand tools, farm implements and antique survey equipment are all on display. The carriage house features an ox-shoeing frame, a snow roller that was used on local roads, a school bus on runners that was ideal for the town’s long winters, an ice cutter, and a butter and egg wagon. All the items on display were used, at some point, during the town’s rich history. Finally, special events are scheduled most Saturdays that the museum is open during regular hours. Please call for details.