Big news for little house: Celebrate and tour Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage at Lanesville Community Center #GloucesterMA

Don’t you love happy news! Virginia Lee Burton’s actual studio was saved and painstakingly and faithfully rebuilt and relocated to its new permanent home at Lanesville Community Center, Gloucester, Ma, with the help of many. “The rebuilding process of the Virginia Lee Burton (VLB) writing cottage has started with the much-needed help of volunteers, a Community Preservation Act (CPA) grant from the City of Gloucester, private donations and corporate donations from Dore and Whittier of Newburyport, MA, DMS Machine and Fabrication of Barre, VT and the Gloucester Building Center.”

Mark your calendars for upcoming events beginning this weekend!

The Lanesville Community Center Board of Directors invites you to

“A Celebration and Preview of the Restoration of the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage: An  opportunity to thank funders, donors and many community volunteers, Sunday, October 21, 1pm

Family Event: “First Reading” of Virginia Lee Burton’s books with Avis Burton Demetrios and Eleanor Demetrios, Saturday, October 27, 1pm

Children’s Drawing on October 27, 1-3pm to be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum children’s room

The Virginia Lee Burton Cottage was designated a historic building by the Gloucester Historical Society. Reconstruction was funded by a grant from the Gloucester Community Preservation Act.”

Virigina Lee Burton little house actual writing cottage restored and celebrated at Lanesville Community Center Gloucester Mass_Oct 2018 ©c ryan



Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage at Lanesville Community Center opening reception celebration flyer

Learn more and enjoy before and after photographs by visiting the VLB writing cottage website. Don’t miss the 2018 interview with Lee Natti

4 thoughts on “Big news for little house: Celebrate and tour Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage at Lanesville Community Center #GloucesterMA

  1. Catherine, What a great project and out on folly point the photo in this post shows it at folly point and what a view Ipswich bay walked the shore line so many times from lanes cove going up to Foley Cove..
    Right person to interview for this project too “Lee Kingman Natti authored 27 children’s books and was Virginia Lee Burton’s editor for the book “The Little House”. I seem to recall BLODD LEDGE quarry another location that was popular with us rascals in the 50’s and 1960’s. So many memories flowing now here is more from on the cove too:
    Sourced From: “On the Cove”.
    One that I walked through the years and Andrews Corner where Higgins Hill was a great sledding location for us also winter watch the tree’s at bottom as you head down the hill toward the Sauna Run by Art Jacobson Sgt GPD we just called him Art Jake off duty of course! 🙂
    Sourced From: “On the Cove”
    Monday, November 14, 2005
    Artists of Lanesville – Susanna Natti, Illustrator
    🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂


  2. It is from “Ms. Lee Natti She is quite a lady and legacy herself and writer in the Prior to and 1954’s/1955 in this big circle (CATHY AND THE MYSTERIOUS STATUE). Twentieth-century Children’s Writers

    Lanesville was close knit community during my formative years 1957- 1968…I love research and love the walk back to the past and how it impacted the now future blazed a path for those who follow! 🙂 Enjoy Dave


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