Sunday, September 1, 2013

Historic Damon Tavern Open during Apple Festival- September 21, 2013

The circa 1817 David Damon Tavern, will be open during the North Reading Historical and Antiquarian Society’s Apple Festival on Saturday, September 21. Please stop by to reacquaint yourself with this historic tavern… a remarkable and enduring gem in the heart of North Reading! 

 Suzanne Korn of North Reading will be at the Historical Society’s Welcome Center to meet and greet and to answer any questions you might have about the Tavern and the folk art landscape murals that are found in the second floor ballroom.  The murals are attributed to 19th century itinerant artisan, Rufus Porter.  Please Note:  The murals are not open to the public at this time.

 Suzanne is a self-described “student” of Rufus Porter and Moses Eaton, Jr., both 19th-century New England folk artists.  Through her published research, illustrated talks, and artwork, Suzanne educates others about the extraordinary role Eaton and Porter’s folk art played in the lives of 19th century rural New Englanders. In the summer of 2005, Suzanne completed a project at the Damon Tavern, where she stenciled the walls of the Welcome Center in the tradition of Moses Eaton Jr. 

During the Apple Festival, Suzanne’s artwork will be on display and she will demonstrate the techniques and methodologies for creating a Rufus Porter style folk art landscape. North Reading Historical and Antiquarian Society merchandise as well as Suzanne's Rufus Porter-inspired notecards and artwork will be for sale.

On the day of the Apple Festival, don’t  forget to stop by the Damon Tavern!  It is located at 21 Bow Street… just down the sidewalk from the Rev. Putnam house and across the street from the Flint Library…
Contact Suzanne Korn at with any questions!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

New England's Timeless Decoration: The Folk Art of Moses Eaton, Jr. and Rufus PorterSuzanne's next presentation will be at the 3rd Congregational Church in Alstead, NH on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7PM. 

It will be a fun and informative evening! Attendees will learn about the quintessential folk art of Moses Eaton, Jr. and Rufus Porter, and the impact their folk art had on the lives of rural New Englanders and the history of decorative arts in America.

The evening will feature a slideshow of Suzanne's journeys throughout New England, where she have conducted research in homes, inns and taverns with Eaton's historic wall stenciling and Porter's signature landscape murals. Early stenciled homes in the Monadnock area will be showcased:  The Moses Eaton, Jr. Home, in Harrisville; the Colburn-Weston Home in Temple; and Alstead's own Hutchinson-Hitch House.  The history of wall stenciling in New England, the life and times of Moses Eaton, Jr., and the genius of Rufus Porter, are all topics that will be explored.  

Don't miss this must see event offered by the Alstead Centennial Commitee!
Suzanne has been researching, studying and writing about early New England wall stenciling for over 10 years, and her research has been published in The Decorator, a publication of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. In 2005, Suzanne completed a project at North Reading's David Damon Tavern, where she stenciled the walls of the Historical Society's Welcome Center in the tradition of 19th century stenciler, Moses Eaton, Jr.