Knox Museum has received a $1,496 grant from the Emily and William Muir Community Fund II of the Maine Community Foundation to create the Thomaston Room, a new exhibition space at Montpelier for the 2017 season.

“So many people have lived in Knox County their entire lives, and never ventured inside Montpelier,” said Knox Museum’s Executive Director Tobin Malone. “We hope The Thomaston Room will provide a tangible welcome.”

That welcome will highlight imagery and construction elements and blueprints around how today’s Montpelier came to be built on High Street in 1929. It will address what was on the property before, why the local DAR chapter picked the site, who gave the money to build it and who did the building.

The public is invited to attend the museum’s grand re-opening for free Thursday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. to view the new Thomaston Room and other new exhibits at Montpelier.

Knox Museum was incorporated in 1999 with a mission to honor the life, times and legacy of Henry Knox; the heritage of Montpelier; and the veterans and families who have served, and continue to serve our nation. For more information, visit

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