December 9, 2021 Submitted by Deirdre Anderson The Hingham Historical Society
More than 450 people toured the Hingham Historical Society’s downtown properties on Sunday, December 5 as the society partnered with the Garden Club of Hingham, the South Shore Conservatory and local merchants for a unique experience in the one of the longest house tours in the country. Guests toured the Society’s Benjamin Lincoln House, the Old Ordinary and the Hingham Heritage Museum decorated for the holidays and offering historical tours led by guides. Dining tables at each property were decorated by local merchants including Waterhouse Decor, La Petite Maison, and Trellis Home Design, while musical entertainment was provided by musicians and singers from the South Shore Conservatory. The old regular annex has been transformed into a refreshment café thanks to generous donations from Hornstra Farms, the Fruit Center Marketplace and Starbucks on Lincoln Street.
Led by the creative vision of Kerry Adams of the Garden Club, the decor aesthetic was the popular cottagecore style of romanticized rural and farm life and a return to the comforts of home. For more than three months, more than 60 Garden Club members, led by Kerry, President Jill Setian and members Christina Farren, Penni Hughes and Elisa Fontanes sourced materials and held workshops to create and ultimately set up the set. appreciated by tourists. At the Hingham Heritage Museum, ticket holders were the first to experience the new exhibition Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence produced in collaboration with the Trustees of Reservations and with the generous support of the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.
An event of this magnitude required more than 100 volunteers between the Garden Club, the Historical Society and the special assistance of members of the Hingham High School Student Council. The Historical Society would like to sincerely thank all of the volunteers and, in addition to the above, special thanks to Dawn Martel, Jaye Jacobsen, Ellen Miller, Jane Shute, Gail Litchfield, Elizabeth Danis, Lissa Tully, Caroline Counselman and Erin Whitmore who direct aspects of the program. The Society and the Garden Club would like to especially thank the Weston Nurseries at 1099 Main Street in Hingham who generously donated the evergreens used during the tour and loaned planters and lanterns. Like all partners in this year’s effort, Weston Nurseries did their best to make the tour a success.
The Historical Society House Tour is one of the Society’s oldest fundraisers and typically includes private homes in addition to the Society’s historic properties. The tour has been canceled twice in its 96 years – in 1942 due to WWII and in 2020 due to COVID 19. It was only thanks to the community’s adherence to the tradition through ticket sales and the enthusiastic partnership of the Garden Club, the Conservatory, the local merchants listed above, financial support from HUB Insurance, Mary Morrison Realtor and Sally Weston Associates to make the tour possible.
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