by GSA Sarah Brown, Comfort Inn Class of 2011
Tamworth is a quintessential New England town and the Remick County Doctor Museum is only one of the attractions for visitors. More on that later. The museum is open year round and does a lot of school group activities. There are actual 2 houses to tour, at the Museum Center there are displays and a small gift shop. The tours of the Captain Enoch Remick House are at set times Monday through Friday. When you step into the house, the clock turns back at minimum of 50 years. The waiting room, examination room, and other nooks and crannies are just like the doctor is expected back from a house call. Ask to see the second floor, if the group in small, there are original hand painted murals in some of the bedrooms and downstairs entryway and a sleeping porch complete with radio.
The farm animals are scattered around the property and if you want to see them all there is walking on grass and dirt pathways involved. The goats greet every visitor who exits and enters the museum center. You need to buy packets of feed in the gift shop before you start out if you want to satisfy the goats’ expectations! We saw calves, goats, chickens and sheep on our short walk around. There were more animals further out on the property. They do farm demonstrations at specific times of day. When we visited there was a milking demonstration and a time to help with farm chores for the kids.
What else does Tamworth offer? Lots! The Barnstormers Summer Theater is one of the oldest summer stock theaters in the country. The Saturday Farmers’ Market is excellent with lots of vendors with fresh vegetables, baked goods, treats for pets, and you can get breakfast and/or lunch while you’re there. There are also a couple of small restaurants right in town. And for a real treat you can visit the Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile. They offer a variety of made in house spirits such as rye, vodka and applejack. They offer tours and tastings and have a small café as well.
The Remick Museum, Barnstormers, and Tamworth Distilling are all close to each other on Cleveland Hill Road and the farmers’ market is at the intersection in the middle of town. Tamworth is worth the drive!
Check all websites for details days, times and special events. www.RemickMuseum.org