Brick Dwelling exterior
Brick Dwelling interior
Case of Drawers, 1853
Grove Wright and Thomas Damon, Hancock, MA
This distinctive case of twelve drawers can be found in room 13 of the dwelling house. It was rare that large freestanding case pieces were built at Hancock, as most rooms were outfitted with built-in cupboards and drawers. This case has a unique feature: a handwritten note affixed to the inside frame, allowing the case to be precisely dated and assigned to two makers. The note reads:
“The Case of Drawers were made by Elder Grove and Brother Thomas and placed here Thursday, January 13th, 1853. It was the day our Ministry expected to return to the City of Peace (Hancock), but were detained on account of the snow storm which occurred on that day.”
Built in 1830, this large dormitory-like structure housed 100 sisters and brethren. Several earlier buildings were moved in order to make room for the massive brick house. It incorporates a meeting room, dining room, large kitchen and food storage spaces, several bedrooms or “retiring rooms” and two levels of attic storage space. Revolutionary innovations for the time period include two large “sliding cupboards” or dumbwaiters, interior windows and transoms, skylights, and built-in cupboards and drawers.
Museum visitors can participate in our daily music program in the Brick Dwelling meeting room, and chat with costumed interpreters about daily Shaker life. In the fall, our Shaker Supper programs offer a guided tour and Shaker-inspired meal in authentic surroundings.