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AUGUST 2009

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EYE ON ANTIQUES: SUITABLE FOR FRAMINGóDECORATED SHELL-EDGE EARTHENWARE

English ceramics with shell-like rims highlighted in a splash of color framed the food they held, making them a standard on nearly every American table by the early 1800s.

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THE TAVERN THAT TURNED AWAY A PRESIDENT

A love for New Englandís rural towns and simple colonial architecture brought David Proctor to New Hampshire to settle in a c. 1790 tavern.

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GEORGE MASONíS MASTERPIECE

Gunston Hall, the splendid Georgian mansion built by Virginia statesman George Mason, celebrates its 250th anniversary.

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DIRECTORY OF TRADITIONAL AMERICAN CRAFTS

The formal rooms and utilitarian spaces at Gunston Hall form the backdrop for the objects crafted by the heritage artisans listed in our 24th annual list of Americaís best.

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EARLY AMERICAN LORE: THE LIBERTY TREE

An enduring symbol of patriotism, the stately elm under which the Sons of Liberty met fell to the ax in 1775.

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LIFE IN EARLY AMERICA: SHAME ON YOU!

Leaders of Americaís early settlements relied on public humiliation as punishment for moral crimes to keep their citizens in line.

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CELEBRATING OUR TAVERN-KEEPING ANCESTORS

Members of Flagon and Trencher trace their colonial tavern-keeping ancestors and help rehabilitate their image.

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FROM THE EDITOR

Test of Time

Jeanmarie Andrews

LETTERS

CALENDAR

OUR STYLE

Tess Rosch

ON THE COVER

The fi rst-fl oor bed chamber of Gunston Hall, referred to by one of George Masonís sons as "Motherís Chamber," was painted with verdigris-based paint in the 1780s. Photograph by Winfield Ross.

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