Norman Rockwell Mural Returns To Original Home

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(Host) A mural of a maple sugar-making scene by artist Norman Rockwell is hanging once again in a hall of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.

Rockwell created the black and white image – of a Vermont sugar house with people checking sap buckets – after becoming friends with Henry Fairfax Ayres, a former chairman of the Vermont Sugar Makers Association.

The mural was created in the late 1940s and was moved to the Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont in Rutland in 1987 while the state Agency of Agriculture building was undergoing renovations.

Outgoing Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee, who leaves office this week, wanted to bring the mural back to Montpelier before he stepped down.

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