Wednesday, June 15, 2016


“Where I live,” opens Sheds, a new book by Howard Mansfield with photographs by Joanna Eldredge Morrisey, “we really have only one kind of building, old and new, big and small: the shed. From woodsheds to barns, to houses, meetinghouses, and covered bridges, they are all sheds.”

Through a fundraiser for the Hancock Town Library, locals and visitors can tour a variety of sheds in Hancock and environs on July 23. The event begins with a brief talk by Mansfield at 11 a.m. at the library, where the shed tourists will be provided with a copy of the book and a map to seven sheds. The sheds will be staffed by docents (aka “shedsters”) and open for viewing until 3 p.m. Tour participants are invited to meet up at the Hancock Inn at 3 to enjoy a Shed Brown Ale.

The tour includes a range of structures, from a sugar shack to a barn to a sculptor’s studio to a sauna to carriage sheds – and then some. Tickets are $25 and include the talk, the tour, and a copy of the book, which is priced at $25. They are available at the Hancock Town Library.

Like the shed tour, the book Sheds is a local production. Author Mansfield writes about preservation, architecture, and American history from his home in Hancock. Photographer Morrissey lives in Peterborough, where she serves as photographer for the MacDowell Colony. The book is published by Bauhan Publishing of Peterborough. 

For more information on the shed tour, call the Hancock Library at 525-4411.

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