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August 2017 Source Guide
Places: Finding the Lost Colony
People: Cooking Up a Connection
Lighting Your Period Home
In addition to the hearth’s firelight, our ancestors lit their homes with grease lamps, candles, and whale oil in assorted lamps. Favored choices evolved with our country, so we show which will make the best match for your period home.
A Passion for Place
Sally and Hank Spaulding chose to stay close to their roots in Kentucky’s coal country, restoring a Colonial Revival home to showcase Sally&rsquos extensive collection of early antiques—a mix of formal pieces and primitives with original surfaces.
Depending on which version of the Declaration of Independence they referenced, Americans could have chosen one of several dates to mark the birth of the nation, until party politics and printing prevailed in the early 1800s to set the date as July Fourth.
America declared its independence in Philadelphia, the largest, most important
and cosmopolitan city of the newborn nation. We offer a tour of this treasure trove of history, its important sites, artifacts, and citizens—from Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell to Benjamin Franklin.
Four centuries ago, a little cart path carved out of two estates in William
Penn’s plan for a “greene country towne” housed shops that supplied handmade goods for Philadelphians and visitors to America’s capital city. Elfreth’s Alley has endured as a close-knit neighborhood where residents take pride in its history and vernacular architecture.