Treasure #20 White peacock

22 White peacock

22 White peacock

This gorgeous white peacock is in full regalia among the Museum’s nature dioramas created by its first curator, Melville J. Smith. The interesting thing about this bird is that it was the last white peacock at Benson’s Wild Animal Farm in Hudson, NH. It was given to Mr. Smith, specifically because of his renown as a taxidermist. Many generations of locals remember John Benson’s zoo and amusement park which opened in 1926 and closed in 1987. Colossus the silverback gorilla, Tonya the elephant, the miniature train ride and the Old Woman in the Shoe were some of the park’s most popular attractions.

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