Lace-like jewelry fashioned from tiny pearls remained in vogue with American women
from the late 1700s through the 19th Century. Collectors can still find examples.
Not only did Bob and Susan Highfield save a 1739 Pennsylvania log house, they
earned a place in the family of the builder’s descendants.
In the reconstruction of the 1782 Jesse Rice house, Old Sturbridge Village demonstrates
how most early Americans lived in spaces far smaller than we care to imagine.
More than shelter for exotic plants, colonial greenhouses built with columns and
porticos mimicked the architecture of America’s wealthiest estates.
Experts in period design show how to integrate this necessary anachronism into
your historic home.
From taverns to backwoods cabins, Americans of every social and economic class
played cards despite repeated efforts by church and civic leaders to ban the vice.
America’s first elected black man served in the 17th-Century Maryland legislature,
a mixed-race sailor who worked his way up from slavery.
Skilled artisans chipped away flakes of wood to decorate everything from cathedrals to Bible boxes. Today’s makers continue the folk art tradition.
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