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June 2015 Source Guide
A Cheesy House Story
With hearts bigger than their budget, James and Georgia Lee Littlefield restored a derelict 18th-Century Cape Cod on the Niantic River in Connecticut—along the way discovering the house once belonged to James’s tenth great-grandfather, whose life was saved by a particularly hard cheese.
Churns for Home and Dairy
Although milkmaids have churned sweet cream into butter for centuries, in the early 19th Century inventors created a new universe of strange and clever butter churns, which intrigue collectors to this day. We show you how to choose one for decor or start a collection.
For the Love of Log Cabins
Growing up in the land of Lincoln, Stan Edwards developed an early and abiding fascination with log cabins. His birthday gift of cabin pieces led him to fill an 8-acre hilltop village with cabins and outbuildings that capture the look of our pioneer past.
America’s Early Fences
As soon as they landed, America’s earliest European colonists put up fences. Soon the enclosures zigzagged across the countryside and picketed cities. Their fences evolved to suit need and style, so we queried museum curators to help find the right fence to match today’s traditional Northeastern homes (part one of a series).
The Babcock-Smith House
Joshua Babcock built a reputation as a physician, statesman, and merchant in Westerly, Rhode Island, and in 1734 built a great house (and store) to match. More than a century later, Orlando Smith found a new fortune in Westerly’s granite and used part of it to preserve Babcock’s home as his own.
Colonial-era Beehive Ovens
Nearly every colonial home once boasted a wood-fired beehive oven—a dome-shaped masonry cooking chamber. Today chefs have rediscovered the impossible-to-duplicate flavors they baked into food. We reveal the secrets of the beehive and share some old-time recipes.
Nearly a fifth of American colonists remained loyal to their King during the Revolution, and many of them took up arms. We examine one such loyal militia, the Loyal American Association led by Timothy Ruggles during the siege of Boston—and what happened to him after choosing the wrong side of the struggle.
Colonial Bread Recipes
We bring you two colonial-correct bread recipes created especially for beehive ovens. (Microsoft Word format)
Colonial Williamsburg Initiatives
Colonial Williamsburg's new director lists what he hopes to accomplish in making Williamsburg more exciting and enticing. (Microsoft Word format)
Flag Etiquette: The Flag Code
The Architect of the Capitol shares a report to Congress on the Flag Code and how it should be interpreted.