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February 2017 Source Guide
Places: Bacon's Castle
Skills: Flintlocks and Home Fires
Identifying Rhode Island Furniture
Rhode Island furniture means more than Newport’s famed block fronts
and carved shells. More than a hundred furniture makers in our smallest
colony spread this style across the world. We show you how to identify
the work of some of these lesser-known makers.
Keen collectors of furniture and decorative arts made in their native Greene County, Tennessee, Steven and Martha Ottinger built their colonial-style house, which looks like it has stood for centuries, to showcase their treasures.
A Garden of Gratitude
German Separatists who settled in Zoar, Ohio, built a sizeable communal garden as a place to contemplate and connect directly with God in gratitude for their religious freedom. We map its plantings and symbolism.
When Scott and Beth Houting went looking for their first home together, their backgrounds as historians brought them to Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where they found a late-1700s site with a Revolutionary War connection.
Crafting a Floorcloth
Our ancestors often used beautiful, durable painted canvas cloths to protect floors in high-traffic areas. Directory artisan Jennifer Frantz demonstrates how modern materials can be adapted to the traditional craft to add long life to this folk art.
How the Lesser Sort Ate
In early America, cooking tools and what could be foraged or afforded dictated what the common people ate. And they ate surprisingly well, often with a healthier diet than their richer compatriots.