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A STORYBOOK ENDING FOR THE OLD MILL

When Jonathan and Erin Chapman bought an idyllic property on Aquidneck Island, they decided to rehabilitate the derelict old mill standing there as their new home. Their efforts to preserve the structure’s essence and history earned them a Rhode Island preservation award in 2021.

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MARINERS’ MASTERPIECES

In the 1800s, sailors etched and carved whale teeth and bones to fill their idle hours during years at sea. The Cahoon Museum of American Art takes a new look at some of the finest, rarely seen examples of the folk art we know as scrimshaw.

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THE LITTLE HOUSE WITH A BIG STORY TO TELL

A small Cape near the shore in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, has withstood the vagaries of war and modernization to offer visitors a glimpse of vernacular architecture, social change, and one local family’s prominence through 241 years of ownership.

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WALKWAYS AND GARDENS, HAND IN HAND

By the 1800s, Americans began envisioning gardens meant more for pleasure than subsistence. They designed pathways and plantings that mimicked the naturalistic flow of their native landscape. A garden expert shows how you can create this less formal look.

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TOP TRADITIONAL ARTISANS

We celebrate the work of heritage artisans who have mastered traditional methods to create finely crafted furnishings and decorative arts that imbue homes old and new with the spirit of the past.

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THE RASCAL AND THE RESCUER

Pioneer William Conner rose to prominence in the Indiana territory where he settled, despite abandoning his Native family, and his 1823 home anchors the frontier town at Conner Prairie, the public site created by pharmaceutical giant and amateur historian Eli Lilly.

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ARTISANS AT CONNER PRAIRIE

We photographed the work of top-scoring artisans within the homes and shops of the representational 1836 village at Conner Prairie, where newly crafted baskets and boxes, pottery and textiles, and framed works in paper and paint build on a legacy of handcraftsmanship.

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2022 DIRECTORY LISTING

We list all the artisans whose work was selected for this year’s Directory, with descriptions, images, and contact information so you can find examples of traditional styles for your period decor.

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WELCOME

Building on the Past

Jeanmarie Andrews

NEWS

Gulf Whaling Ship Identified

PLACES

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

PEOPLE

Artistic Virtuoso

EVENTS

Laura Amick

STYLE

Moveable Feast

Tess Rosch

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