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B&Believe It

Running a B&B with an early American flavor can be great fun, but Ellen Madison found that after several decades, not running a B&B could be even more enjoyable. She shows us her home and tells the story of running and now closing her B&B (one of the oldest in Rhode Island) in our February 2015 issue.

Our Travels

Our Christmas treat this year was a visit to Montpelier in Virginia for their annual Candlelight Tour, a chance to see the historic mansion at night the way it would have been seen two hundred years ago—lit strictly by candle. We had the grand surprise of meeting President James Madison and his charming wife Dolley.

We're happy to report that Mr. Madison was delighted by the profile of him we present in our February 2015 issue. More than that, our visit was the first time we've had a chance to view the mansion since the completion of its restoration. (When we last visited, the new lime plaster on the walls was still drying, and decorating was out of the question.)

Bonus Pretzel Recipe

In our February 2014 issue, we revealed the truth about the history of pretzels. If you want to taste a pretzel like the ones our ancestors might have sampled, food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted found an old recipe and developed it for modern bakers. We've turned her story into a free bonus article that you can download by clicking here. We look forward to hearing about your success and any variations you might make trying her recipe.

New Taxes, Round Prices

We were as surprised as you probably are that the State of Ohio mandated that all magazine subscriptions be subject to the state's sales and use taxes whether the subscriber is in-state or out-of-state. The result of this tax is a higher price to you (from which we do not benefit) and some oddball numbers. To make things easier for you, we've adjusted our prices so they look a bit strange, but the result is that our subscription prices are back to round numbers after tax. As always, we've retained discounts for gifts and longer subscriptions.


On December 31st John Moore wrote: Nancy Harbrecht did a terrific job in presenting the impressive reconstruction of the "Old Homestead."

I was very surprised to see that several casement windows had been installed. Is there any particular reason why the owners would put windows which I would consider to be a "No-No" in this beautiful old house?

News Archive:

    s Deadline Extended
    s Christmas Is Here
    s Mills to Visit
    s Bonus Porch Photos
    s The Historic Home Market
    s Looking for Friendly Faces