Common in most colonial households for spinning wool, cotton, and flax, wheels
of many types are both collectible furniture and useful tools for modern spinners.
Reconstructing the rubble left behind by a college and hurricane, then restoring its
classical ornamentation, Gene and Betsy Johnson revived an 1806 Federal estate.
While a child in her native Brazil, Liliana Damasceno dreamed of owning a
New England saltbox. She found her dream in the 1751 Amos Richardson house.
An accident stranded a young Abraham Lincoln in New Salem, Illinois, but six years
in the town turned him from shopkeeper to lawyer and eventually our 16th president.
Colonial gardeners loved roses, but not today’s tiny bushes with tightly spiraled
fl owers. They enjoyed the sprawling, fragrant old roses of Europe—and you can, too.
Packet ships were the first to establish scheduled sailing dates, an innovation
that helped make America’s merchant marine the world’s leader and New York the greatest port.
Even colonial city-dwellers kept gardens. We show you how to build a raised-bed
garden perfect for gathering fresh vegetables and herbs at your kitchen doorstep.
A monochromatic profile captures personalities surprisingly well, so silhouettes
became popular as cheap portraits in the late 1700s and 1800s. Traditional artisans have revived the art.
The entry deadline for the 2023 Directory of
Traditional American Crafts has passed. We are now processing entries and submitting
them to our jurors. We will contract entrants after the jurors have made ther decisions.