Knox Museum will open its 18th-Century Farm & Garden Tool exhibition and “unveil” its newly-installed “The Noble Train of Artillery” mural at Montpelier Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and all are invited to attend.

Visitors to Montpelier will notice a lot of changes this season. A bedchamber on the main (second) floor has been re-fitted as the exhibition room, where the antique farm and garden tools will be displayed. Knox Museum Collections Manager Matthew J. Hansbury has selected objects from several local collectors and homeowners for the exhibition.

On the ground level of Montpelier, the space that has traditionally housed the museum’s gift shop now serves as Montpelier’s Reception Hall. It is in this newly-configured public space that muralist Hope Angier’s original new work, “The Noble Train of Artillery,” will be “unveiled.”

In January, Knox Museum commissioned Angier to install a 10-by-13 foot mural depicting Henry Knox’s most famous feat of transporting 60 tons of cannons by boat and ox-drawn sledges from Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York to the Continental Army camps outside Boston during the winter of 1775–1776.

On June 4, Knox Museum celebrates its 2015 season grand opening with these two simultaneous events, one upstairs and the other downstairs. A brief ceremony at 6 p.m. will introduce muralist Angier and her new work, after which guests are invited to view the farm tool exhibition on the second floor. Knox Museum Collections Manager Matthew J. Hansbury has selected objects from Waldoboro Historical Society, Nobleboro Historical Society and the Ebenezer Alden House in Union for the exhibit. Objects include the oxen yoke pictured, hay rake and fork, axes and bee boxes, among other items.

“These tools were integral day to day objects for the local agrarian community, and illustrate the labor needed for tasks today’s society typically takes for granted,” Hansbury said.

Refreshments will be served in the Reception Hall, and activities will continue through 8 p.m. The museum’s new gift shop, The Carriage Shop, just adjacent to the Reception Hall, also will be open for visitors to enjoy.

Through Labor Day, the museum — 60 High St./Route 131, at the St. George peninsula turn off Route 1 — is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and some Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then Fridays and Saturdays only until Columbus Day. For more information, visit, call 354-8062 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or