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STYLING THE EARLY CUPBOARD

Our middling ancestors likely had few decorative objects to fill a cupboard, so a few sparsely adorned shelves properly represent their lifestyle. Today’s collectors fill their shelves with collections of metalwork, pottery, or whimsical figurines. We offer tips for developing your preferred method of curating a cupboard.

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BLENDING ANTIQUES AND FAMILY LIVING

Finally finding a new house with old sensibilities in which to settle after a military life on the move, the Goetzmanns focused on raising their five children and adding to a growing collection of 18th- and early-19th-Century antiques to get just the look Sylvia wanted, room by room.

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TRACING REDWARE’S TRADITIONS

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum went all out in planning a comprehensive look at American red earthenware pottery, developing an exhibition with so many unusual and previously unseen examples that it will take two years for visitors to admire them all.

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ACHIEVING UNITY

With a family background in preservation and a deep love for his native Petersburg, Virginia, Joseph Miller tackled the task of reuniting the three disparate sections of the once-grand mansion called Strawberry Hill. He succeeded spectacularly, earning a National Preservation Award for his efforts.

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FAR BE IT FROM ME...

We surveyed historical interpreters who participate in re-enactments and rendezvous to get the do’s and don’ts of dressing the part. Creating a living history persona can reveal a great deal about early life in America—and be great fun!

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CONESTOGA WAGONS: INLAND SHIPS OF COMMERCE

Before engineers developed canals and railroads, Pennsylvania German farmers crafted a heavy-duty wagon that moved farm produce over rough roads. Horse-powered Conestoga wagons grew into the freighters of their day, crossing the Appalachians with the goods that helped grow the nation.

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CARVED IN STONE

A stone mason traces his journey from building walls and laying walkways to creating the kind of folk art sculptures that collectors crave. He takes us step by step through the process of carving a watch hutch, from inspiration to a finished piece that will last several lifetimes.

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SPRINGTIME IN VIRGINIA

Spring arrives early in the South, and the Old Dominion State throws open its doors and garden gates to welcome visitors eager to view Mother Nature’s season of rebirth. We preview some of the splendor as the Garden Club of Virginia plans to celebrate its centennial in 2020.

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MY FAVORITE BIRD STENCIL

The author of several books on uncovering and restoring period stencils takes time out from her hunt for the Birdman of Loudon to share a simple project based on the elusive New Hampshire artist’s designs.

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Issue highlights

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FROM THE EDITOR

Pride of Place

Jeanmarie Andrews

PEOPLE

Sampler Sleuths

PLACES

A Family Project

SKILLS

Filleting a Fish

EVENTS

Laura Amick

STYLE

Glorious

Tess Rosch

ON THE COVER

In the formal drawing room of Joseph Miller’s Petersburg, Virginia, house, tasseled valances and jabots stitched by Ruth Hubbard complement a reproduction 1790s New York-style sofa covered in the same silk stripe. Photograph by Winfield Ross.

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