Join Old York as we kick off the 2019 Dessert and Lecture Series, which takes a deep dive into Old York’s collections—exploring the history and context of a variety of objects, from furniture and porcelain to shoes and jewelry. The tongue-in-cheek title of this first lecture hints at a profound deficit in the study of the historic furniture of Southern Maine. Joel Lefever presents documentation for the cabinetmaking shops of John Bradbury, Sr., and his son, Cotton Bradbury. The elder Bradbury was born in Essex County, Massachusetts, and settled in York by 1721. His son, Cotton, aside from working in his father's shop, made furniture, and independently produced woodwork for York customers, including businessman Jonathan Sayward. The Bradburys’ contributions to the decorative arts of northern New England—although no longer overlooked—are not yet greatly exaggerated! Joel Lefever is the executive director and chief curator of Old York Historical Society. The lecture is followed immediately by coffee, tea, and dessert in Jefferds Tavern.

Venue Details
Old York Historical Society
3 Lindsay Road, York, Maine 03909, United States
Proceeds from this event provide essential support for the many things Old York cares for and cares about—16 buildings, 20 properties, 5 full-time and 25 part-time employees, more than 20,000 artifacts, 50,000 archival objects in the library—and helps us serve thousands of people annually through tours, educational programs, exhibitions, and special events.