Claverton Manor Gardens and American Museum in Britain
...glorious gardens and an exquisite Manor House housing the only museum of Americana outside of America and a unique view into the development of the country
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty including fascinating Gardens of its own, Claverton Manor provides an elegant base for the museum of Americana which will take you back through the years of American history from Colonial times to the civil war.
Set on a hilltop location, Claverton Manor and its Gardens has far reaching views over the Limpley Stoke Valley and the river Avon. With 120 acres of gardens, of which around 40 acres is open to the public, the gardens are home to a number of American species, although some of the original Italianate style manorial pleasure gardens from the 1820’s still remain in the form of a grotto, balustrade and curtain walling.
The gardens include a replica of George Washingtons flower garden and Mount Vernon, Virginia which is flanked by an arboretum of American trees and shrubs which were discovered during an exhibition across American some 200 years ago. There is a small vegetable garden and colonial herb garden to add more flavour whilst various walks have been marked out taking you through the delightful surroundings.
The museum was started by Dr Dallas Pratt, an American psychiatrist and collector, and John Judkyn, a British born antiques dealer, together with Nick Bell Knight, a furniture restorer at Judkyns UK business base. They had considered the idea for many years and finally opened to the public in 1961.
With the finest collection of Americana outside of the United States there are collections of furniture, paintings, maps, folk and decorative arts, quilts, silver and glass all presented in authentic period rooms.
With an audio guide and also expert room guides to lead you through it is surely not to be missed as it cannot be seen anywhere else other than America. The museum also holds events and exhibitions throughout the year so please check their website for further details.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015