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February 2018 Source Guide
Places: Pirates' Den
French and English fur traders found an eager market for the wool blankets they offered Native Americans in exchange for pelts. Traded until the early 1900s, blankets are still being woven and valued for their beauty and warmth.
Tom and Margaret Newbern rescued a 1785 vernacular North Carolina home with surprisingly sophisticated interior finishes, moved it to Edenton, and restored it with a few hours to spare before opening it to visitors on the historic town’s biennial tour.
A Revolutionary Aesthetic
Parker Lienhart combined his lifelong attraction to the Revolutionary War era with his skills as an art designer to remake a reproduction colonial house near Chicago, filling it with a mix of pristine antiques and modern comforts suitable for his young family.
Adorned for the Dead
Mourning customs brought over from Europe and adapted through the 18th and 19th Centuries helped the grieving in America cope with their loss and gave their peers clues for how to approach them.
Reclaiming Wentworth House
Residents in the small village of Rollinsford, New Hampshire, united to save the grand home Colonel Paul Wentworth built in 1704. Together they raised the funds to have the home dismantled, moved, rebuilt, and restored on its (nearly) original site.
Shore Fishing Down East
A century before Europeans arrived to settle permanently along the New England coast, they sailed across the Atlantic to fish there. The bounty available to them in the waters along the shore and inland could be had by simply dropping a hook and line from a dugout canoe.
A Pennsylvania German Valentine Letter
Old holiday customs among the German-speaking immigrants who settled in William Penn’s colony included sending valentines to those they loved—and those they didn’t.