In February 1926 a group of craftswomen and the Sandwich Historical Society got together to organize a rug exhibition of handcrafted local rugs at the Wentworth Library. The two-week event was so popular, they went on to create a crafts cooperative and named it the Sandwich Home Industries (SHI). Led by Mary Coolidge (who went on to become the first president of the League of NH Craftsmen), SHI was one of the first rural industries in America to develop rug making as a handicraft.
In our historic gallery, built expressly for us, you will find fine traditional and contemporary crafts in a wide range of media: pottery, prints, wood, glass, jewelry, metal, stone, basketry, fiber arts, and more. Discover unique gifts made by juried NH artists. Fill your home with beautiful art from nature, find just the right wedding gift, or just come in to browse. We are happy to help you find that special gift.