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December 2016 Source Guide
Places: The Doctor's Inn
People: Man of the Mountains
Skills: To Water Gild a Frame
Our Founding Fathers enjoyed the challenge of playing chess, but the pieces they
used didn’t look like those we play with today. We take a look at period chess pieces,
getting a set to match your vintage home, and collecting the many and varied designs.
Sailing in the Unknown
After building a business and traveling the world, Melissa and Steve Shepstone
rescued and restored an 18th-Century farmhouse in Watertown, Connecticut,
filling it with period antiques, many of which celebrate the maritime past.
New Year's Greetings
On New Year’s Day, newspaper carriers delivered poetic broadsides that
usually ended in a plea for a gratuity. These addresses provide a window into
period politics, social mores, and print technology.
When Paint Is Not Enough
Tim and Sandy McCrory built a typical suburban home outside Chicago, but it
never felt quite right to them. They tried paint but ended up gutting the house
and decorating it with never-square cabinets, weathered finishes, and lots and
lots of drawers.
Mad for Madeira
Cheap wine from the island of Madeira captured America’s fancy in the 1700s
with attic aging and a good dose of fortifying brandy blessing it with a
distinctive oxidized taste. As Americans grew wealthy, they became
connoisseurs and collected (and boasted about) the best vintages.
Steve and Linda Lane bought the small clapboard house in Edenton they
hoped to restore and rent out—until workmen discovered it was far older
than anyone thought. Dendrochronology showed it to be the oldest dated
house in North Carolina—but it was never a tavern.
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