The Wilton Farm & Home Museum
August 10, 2023 @ 6:30pm:
Join us in celebrating the remarkable life of Sylvia Hardy, affectionately known as “the Maine Giantess,” as she reaches her 200th birthday! Standing at almost 8 feet tall and weighing over 400 pounds, Sylvia’s extraordinary stature made her a true marvel of her time.
Mark your calendars for August 10 at 6:30 PM as we gather at the museum for an enthralling presentation on the Life of Sylvia Hardy. Born on August 17, 1823, in Wilton, Maine, Sylvia’s life journey led her through various fascinating chapters until her passing in 1888.
Step back in time and immerse yourself in Sylvia’s early years, spanning the 1820s to the 1840s, before she ventured into the captivating world of the P. T. Barnum Circus in the 1850s. Traveling with the circus for several years, Sylvia’s adventures were unparalleled, only to bring her back to Wilton, where she eventually acquired a home on Depot Street.
During her travels, Sylvia likely encountered the burgeoning Spiritualist Movement, which found popularity during that era. Later in her life, she delved into this practice, adding another intriguing facet to her already extraordinary story.
We invite you to join us for this special event, where we’ll explore the captivating life of Sylvia Hardy. The presentation will be followed by an offering of refreshments, including cake and ice cream, allowing us to further connect and share about Sylvia’s legacy. We sincerely hope you can join us for this unique celebration.
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Explore and enjoy our large collection of Wilton memorabilia. Housed in the former GH Bass Boarding House, you will discover unusual items used in daily domestic life, tools used in crafts and trades such as farming, shoe making and blacksmithing.
Take time to study and appreciate the fine artwork of Joe Knowles, reminisce about school days past while viewing our large collection of Wilton Academy memorabilia.
Learn the story of Sylvia Hardy, Maine’s Giantess, appreciate our impressive collection of Maine bottles. Remember summers of long ago while browsing through our Camp Kineowatha collection. Watch our blacksmiths create the “necessities of the day” at our open forge.
Our guided tours help to bring the collections to life. We are handicapped accessible and offer ample parking. Situated downtown, we are a 2 minute walk to beautiful Wilson Lake, banking, restaurants, Wilton Public Library as well as a variety of small shops. Lodging is available nearby.