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Plugging in for a Cure

In colonial times, electricity was something new, so one of the first things experimenters did was use it in medicine—with sometimes surprising (even shocking) results. In our February issue, Tom Kelleher takes a look at how both physicians and quacks in early America used this ethereal fire for treating real and imagined ailments.

Armatures Still Available

The wrought iron armatures for building your own hangings and centerpieces, as featured in our Christmas 2016 issue, remain available. Pennsylvania blacksmith David J. Krzeminski, who makes each one by hand on his own forge outside of Pittsburgh, is back at work after recuperating from the unexpectly high demand for his craftsmanship before the Christmas holiday.  [MORE]

Barton Hall Update

Since the time we visited Bo Osborn at Barton Hall for the story in our October 2016 issue, Bo has made the hard decision to part with the hall that he and his late wife so lovingly restored (and he maintains as a tribute to her). We thought it fitting to give one last glance at the amazing restoration they accomplished over their decades of ownership—all the while working the land and paying for the work with a farmer's earnings.  [MORE]

Extra Oyster Recipes

We followed in the footsteps of a certain walrus and carpenter in our October 2016 issue and talked about many things, especially oysters. In our article about the ubiquitous mollusks, we promised extra recipes from the colonial period. Herewith we follow through with several recipes selelcted from Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery. You can download the recipes by clicking here.  [MORE]

Archive:

Thank You, Locust Grove: We want to extend a big thank you to executive director
Lord House Extra: As a bonus to the readers of our June 2016 issue, homeowner and historian
In Our June Issue: When we cruised the Maine coast last summer, we had to stop at the oldes
Locust Grove to Host 2016 Directory: Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky, hosts
Alabama Welcome: We want to thank all the folks in Alabama who made our house tour a great su
Pen Glossary: In the print edition of our February 2016 issue, we didn't have sufficient space
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