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Eye on Antiques: From Saint to Sentiment
Although Valentine’s Day has pagan pre-Roman roots, the Church gave it a message of love that’s now expressed with cards. A collector shares some of her favorite stories and tokens of love from past centuries.
Reclaiming Richmond House
Captivated by its untouched condition, Karan and Edd Oberg embarked on a meticulous 30-year restoration of the house and tavern once owned by Abner Richmond in Ashford, Connecticut.
A perfectionist in his dental practice, Sid Teague brought the same attention to detail to building a replica Georgian house in rural North Carolina, so perfectly surrounded by period outbuildings and naturalistic landscaping you can’t tell it from an original.
Exactly As It Was
The family seat John Drayton built along South Carolina’s Ashley River in about 1738 ranks as the first fully conceived Palladian manse in America. Today a National Trust property, it stands empty to best preserve the Drayton family heritage.
Preserving Your Textile Treasures
Curators at Kent State University’s textile museum show you the best ways to clean (or not), label, hang, and store your fragile fabric heirlooms so future generations can enjoy them.
A Twist of Fortune
Forget the legends of praying arms or rewards for good behavior. The pretzel, long regarded as a Lenten food, has spiritual origins, but not the ones you think. A food historian traces the pretzel back to its Celtic roots.
Life in Early America: Mr. Peale’s World in Miniature
Charles Willson Peale built America’s first natural history museum based on scientific principles, amassing one of the greatest collections of curios in the country—and incidentally supporting his large family. Now gone, it proved the model for modern museums.
Stitch a Pretty Valentine
You can make this simple penny rug project as a love token for a special someone or a decorative accent for your home at Valentine’s Day.
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