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Room for All

What do you do with fourteen bedrooms? Either raise a really big family or open a bed-and-breakfast. Rebecca and Dave Gallagher opted for the latter strategy, taking over the historic Smithton Inn near Ephrata Cloister and renovating it while preserving its Pennsylvania German flavor. See it in our December 2014 issue.

Bonus Pretzel Recipe

In our February 2014 issue, we revealed the truth about the history of pretzels. If you want to taste a pretzel like the ones our ancestors might have sampled, food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted found an old recipe and developed it for modern bakers. We've turned her story into a free bonus article that you can download by clicking here. We look forward to hearing about your success and any variations you might make trying her recipe.

New Taxes, Round Prices

We were as surprised as you probably are that the State of Ohio mandated that all magazine subscriptions be subject to the state's sales and use taxes whether the subscriber is in-state or out-of-state. The result of this tax is a higher price to you (from which we do not benefit) and some oddball numbers. To make things easier for you, we've adjusted our prices so they look a bit strange, but the result is that our subscription prices are back to round numbers after tax. As always, we've retained discounts for gifts and longer subscriptions.

Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline for entering the 2014 Directory of Traditional American Crafts, so there is still time for you to apply.

There are several reasons for our decision. This year has been transitional for the Directory. In an effort to be responsive to your concerns, we combined the deadlines for the Regular and Holiday directories to a single date, January 15th, and this change seems to have caused confusion. Additionally we are aware that some of our artisans may have been expecting the usual “reminder postcard” in their post box, but which came in the form of an email this year.


On December 31st John Moore wrote: Nancy Harbrecht did a terrific job in presenting the impressive reconstruction of the "Old Homestead."

I was very surprised to see that several casement windows had been installed. Is there any particular reason why the owners would put windows which I would consider to be a "No-No" in this beautiful old house?

News Archive:

    s Christmas Is Here
    s Mills to Visit
    s Bonus Porch Photos
    s The Historic Home Market
    s Looking for Friendly Faces
    s Directory in the Palace