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Wilton, Maine: Life-Size Maine Giantess

Giantess Sylvia Hardy was over 7.5 feet tall, a P.T. Barnum celebrity. A life-size paper mache figure of her is exhibited in her hometown museum, wearing one of her actual dresses.

Wilton Farm and Home Museum

10 Canal St., Wilton, ME
Wilton Farm and Home Museum. Take Route 2W from downtown Farmington for about nine miles. Turn right onto Main St. in Wilton and follow it to Canal St. On the top floor of the Bass-Wilson Building, which is on the south side of Canal St.
Sa 1-4 Jul-Aug., or by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donations welcome.
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Life-Size Maine Giantess.

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Sylvia Hardy was born in Wilton in 1824. In her early forties she became friends with Tom Thumb and his wife Lavinia, who often visited Wilton. The Thumbs traveled with P.T. Barnum's circus, and persuaded Sylvia to join them. She spent twelve years on the road. There is now a likeness of her along with her story in the Wilton Farm and Home Museum.

[Rena Webber, 08/03/2023]

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