Until the mid-1800s clocks of any kind served more to announce one’s status than the time. The mass production of wooden works to keep time made clocks affordable to the masses.
Ready for a new direction in their lives, Rob and Dianne White sought a historic house they could restore. They found Dodson’s Tavern and more inPetersburg, Virginia.
The Garden Club of Virginia celebrates its 80th tour of historic sites and gardens throughout the Commonwealth, a glorious fund-raiser to benefit public historic gardens.
Today we see inexpensive, readily available hoes and shovels as utilitarian objects. For our ancestors, hand-wrought garden tools meant survival and were valuable enough to tempt thieves.
Through four decades of collecting antiques, Colette Donovan honed her eye and taste for early textiles and furnishings with untouched surfaces. She showcases them in a 1690 Massachusetts house.
Captain Jack Jouett’s 40-mile gallop through Virginia’s backcountry in 1781 might have saved the Revolution. His 1797 Kentucky home is a monument to his heroics and later success.
Our ancestors decorated their homes with surprisingly bold and bright paint. Homes of our smallest state show off every type of painted decoration that appeared in America before 1840.
Four furniture makers drawn to craftsmanship on a small scale demonstrate why tiny replicas of chair and chests have fascinated us since ancient times.
Sometimes making things small is an art unto itself. We look at artisans who work in three crafts that in shrinking rise to be art—sleighs, pieced quilts, and punchneedle pictures.
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