Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities

Historical Landmark, Craft Center, Museum or Gallery

General Information: 111 Main Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
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508-764-3341, 203-733-6859
E-mail: qvcah@qvcah.org
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Hours: Noon-4 PM Sunday
Closed Monday - Wednesday
4 PM-8 PM Thursday
2 PM-6 PM Friday
Noon-4 PM Saturday
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Interest Areas: Art, Careers, Cooking, Crafts, Education, History / Heritage, Hobbies, Journalism, Books / Literature, Meditation, Movies, Multicultural, Music / Singing, Novelty Acts, Photography, Poetry, Theatre, Writing, Architecture, Holidays, Comedy Shows, Gardening / Horticulture

Our Mission: The Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities (QVCAH), familiarly known as the Arts Center, is a membership association dedicated to perpetuating the arts and humanities in the area. The association was formed in 1977 by a group of people concerned with the role of the arts and humanities in the lives of local citizens  before the days of mandated local cultural commissions. As government funding for local cultural endeavors rapidly disappears, the role of the Quinebaug Valley Arts Center again becomes more important than ever in our lives and the lives of our children.
QVCAH serves the following 25 communities in South Central Massachusetts and Northeast Connecticut:
Massachusetts:
Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Dudley, East Brookfield, East Douglas, Holland, Leicester, Monson, North Brookfield, Oxford, Palmer, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, and West Brookfield.
Connecticut:
North Grosvenordale, Pomfret, Putnam, Quinebaug, Thompson, and Woodstock.

The History: The Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities, more commonly known as the Arts Center, was constructed by Ebenezer Ammidown sometime between the years 1832 and 1836. Its magnificence resulted in that it was the largest single residence in the town at that time, which gave it the nickname Ammidown Castle. Ebenezer D. Ammidown was born in 1796 and lived here until his death in 1865, when the property passed among his heirs for the next 30 years.
The Ammidown family of Southbridge was large and quite successful in agricultural and commercial enterprises. Ammidowns nephew, Chester A. Dresser lived with him for a while, and perhaps for that reason, the house was eventually purchased by Dressers widowed daughter-in-law. The home remained in the Dresser family for years, and is thus generally known as the Dresser House or The Pines after the hemlock trees that were planted around the property. The house remained in the Dresser family until 1977 when it was sold to Ruth D. Wells, wife of Mr. George B. Wells, who then donated the property to the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities.

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2 Upcoming Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities Events
Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5/5/2017 - 6/4/2017 Form is Function- Stretching the Canvas Borders  
Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 6/9/2017 - 7/2/2017 Annual Members Exhibition 2017  

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