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Fall 2001

Celia Thaxter, Artist
Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-94): writer, artist, gardener, and central figure amid a group of writers, artists, and musicians in a summer colony on Appledore Island, New Hampshire.
Hidden Spaces of Old Houses
Lovers of old houses often find attics as appealing as fully furnished rooms. The simplicity and serviceability of attics, along with the secrets they reveal, offer different perspectives on the history of a house and its people.
The Importance of Gutters
Anyone with an old house knows from experience that water is the number one enemy of preserving the building. Properly directing rain water away from buildings can protect against the damage caused by exposure to water, especially standing water.
Greetings for a New England Holiday
Thrice welcome the day in its annual round What treasures of love in the bosom are found; New England's high holiday, ancient and dear, 'Twould be twice as welcome if twice in a year.
A Taste of Time
In the first half of the last century, daily cooking for the family was considered women's work. Ideally, proper girls learned to cook so they could become proper women with healthy, contented families that would make the nation strong.
From Dairy to Doorstep
Once an essential connection between farm and home, the milkman has become a part of our regional folklore and is the centerpiece of SPNEA's latest exhibition, From Dairy To Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England, 1860-1960.
Continuing an Old Tradition
Redware pottery was made in New England as early as the seventeenth century. It was an ideal craft for farmers during the idle hours of winter. Red clay deposits were common, timber was plentiful, and the ware fired well at low temperatures.
News New England and Beyond
Short news items from Historic New England Magazine.
A Piece of the Puzzle
Several years ago, close examination of the architecture of the parlor in the Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, led to the discovery of five circular grooves carved into the top of the mantel shelf. The grooves indicate that the Langdons owned a set of vases, known as a garniture, and show exactly where each piece was placed in relation to the elaborate carving of the overmantel.
Fall 2001