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WELL SWEEPS

From three trees and ancient ingenuity, any homeowner could fashion a well sweep to lift water from a shallow well without backbreaking work. Despite their usefulness, few sweeps remain in the landscape.

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SHIVAREE

Though now remembered as a wedding night distraction, shivaree was a humiliating punishment inflicted on a bridegroom thought to have violated a community’s moral code, a custom brought to America by various ethnic groups.

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A VISIT TO OLD WETHERSFIELD

Old Wethersfield preserves its heritage as Connecticut’s oldest town (1633), a seaport that blossomed with red onions then went to seed, fostering a new industry. Today residents take pride in their historic homes and open their doors for our visit.

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STRAWBERRIES IN AMERICA

American settlers discovered wild strawberries soon after they arrived, picking them in meadows and woodlands. By the 19th Century, cross-breeders were growing bigger berries for export, but at the cost of sweetness.

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CRAB APPLE GAP: POPULATION ONE

James Chandler didn’t just buy a 10-acre farm in North Carolina in 1996—he bought a village. While living in its old schoolhouse, he restored the main farmhouse and built a workshop in which he restores antiques.

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COLONIAL SURVEYING

Determining boundaries proved crucial in a country where immigrants counted their worth in acres. Surveyors numbered among the elite—George Washington was one—earning their wealth in pounds and land.

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SURVEYING A FAMILY FEUD

For a century the proprietors of Pennsylvania and Maryland fought over the boundaries of their colonies until Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon used astronomy and mathematics to settle the dispute.

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STAYING PUT

Shirley Fox, born and bred in southeastern Pennsylvania, rescued and restored an 18th-Century stone farmhouse to National Register status and used the land around it for training horses and riders.

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GOLF COMES TO AMERICA

When immigrants from Scotland came to America, they brought the game they developed—golf—with them. Despite scarce records, historians believe the game first took hold in Charleston, South Carolina.

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CRAFT A WELCOME BASKET

With a few simple tools and a free afternoon, you can create a basket to welcome guests to your door—and re-make it seasonally or for special occasions just by varying your flower choices.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOLA

The City of New Orleans marks its 300th anniversary with special events that explore and celebrate its French and Spanish roots. There’s no better time to get acquainted with the vibrant heritage of the Crescent City.

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FROM THE EDITOR

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Jeanmarie Andrews

PLACES

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PEOPLE

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SKILLS

Four Knots to Know

EVENTS

Laura Amick

STYLE

Boundaries

Tess Rosch

ON THE COVER

The weather-beaten sign for the 1767 Belden House entices visitors to explore the history of Wethersfield, Connecticut, the state’s earliest town. Photograph by Winfield Ross.

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