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June 2020 Source Guide
Places: Fort Frederick
Transitional Yellow Ware
In the late 1820s, immigrant potters from Britain’s Staffordshire district established dozens of pottery works in America. For nearly a century, many of them produced utilitarian yellow earthenware that bridged the gap between fragile redware and later white wares.
Making a Period Knife
In the 18th and early 19th Centuries, Americans would have imported most of their finished goods from Europe. A Directory artisan shows us
how early smiths might have crafted knives for their own use from local or recycled materials.
Adeline and Joe DiPasqua bought their first and only home in 1969, looking back to the 18th Century as much of the rest of the country looked ahead. They’ve spent a lifetime adapting their suburban Ohio home to colonial times though hard work and creative collecting.
A Revolutionary Mind
Immigrant Englishman Thomas Paine penned the words that ignited revolutionary fervor across the colonies, speaking to the common man in
language he could understand and embrace. New research suggests authors of the Declaration of Independence borrowed liberally from Paine’s Common Sense.
A Visit to Old York, Maine
Founded in the early 1600s, the village renamed York established itself as a shipping port and hub of provincial government. Today the popular vacation site boasts southern Maine’s largest collection of historic properties and objects.
A graceful antebellum home in Tuscumbia, Alabama, dresses up for a spring wedding. We share the homeowner’s ideas for adorning your period home with floral arrangements for special occasions.
Gold in North Carolina
According to local lore, the heavy yellow rock young Conrad Reed lugged home in 1799 sparked America’s first gold rush. While some panned for gold in the creeks, investors set up operations for underground mining. Over the course of a century, North Carolina mines produced the equivalent of $3 to $5 billion.
Colonial women and numerous tradesmen wore this practical garment while they worked. An 18th-Century example from Colonial Williamsburg, a rare survivor of heavy use, enables today’s re-enactors to see what they were made of—and how.