Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mr. Jefferson comes calling.

Mr. Jefferson sings a sweet song for Rebecca.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The old old house

The visit to the Dickinson-Pillsbury house.

A few days ago, I took a ride to my friend Barbara's house, which was built in 1701, by James Dickinson. Barbara and her husband bought the house, in the 1970's, from the Georgetown Historical Society and carefully restored it. The house needed a great deal of work but there was also a great deal of the original house that had survived. In 1868, a small mid 19th century cottage was moved and attached to the early main house. That is the ell or wing on the right side.
The walkway to the Dickinson-Pillsbury house
James Dickinson (b.1678- d.1705) probably built the house after he married in 1701, but by 1705 he had died. His widow , Mary (Wood) sold the house to her brother-in-law, Samuel in 1708, when she remarried. The house remained in the Dickinson family until it was sold to a Pillsbury in the 19th century. There is a real peace that always comes over me when I am visiting this place. It has a real feeling of the past, especially when I walk through the door!

The front of the old house. The section from the chimney to the right is the earliest side, built in 1701.The section to the left of the door, was built later, some time after 1708.

The Hall , which is what the principal room in an early house was called. In this room, EVERYTHING , took place.  Early houses did not have rooms set off for different purposes. The rooms were used as they were needed.

The Hall Chamber ( otherwise known as the bedroom upstairs, above the Hall.) This room was also used for different purposes. A bedstead might have been set up here and also guests might have been entertained here too. This room is very big and at one time , which is common, it was partitioned off with sheathing boards to create different smaller rooms. The same thing also happened downstairs in the Hall. When Barbara purchased the house, some of the partition walls were still in place. 

The summer beam, with a flat chamfer and lambs tongue stop! In a first period house, The frame of the house was visible and because of that it was decorated with chamfers on the principal beams which ran across the middle of the ceiling in a room. Beams without chamfers came later when raised panelling and crown moulding was the fashion. At that time the frame was no longer to be seen ( out of fashion) so beams and posts were boxed.  

The front entry with the door to the Parlor in the later part of the house. 

Eugenia surveying the Hall Chamber form high above !

Elena and Rupert looking out of the tiny window at the top of the stairs.

There are lot's of interesting things to see at this old house. 

I hope you enjoyed this visit to Barbara's Old house with me. It is truly a special and very unique place! 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Old Christmas Postcards...

  Years ago , actually thirteen to be exact, I started collecting old Christmas postcards. I was in Pennsylvania, at my parents farm with my brothers and sisters, sitting with my dear mother, while she lay dying of cancer. To say it was a sad, painful time would be an understatement. My sister and I drove into town one day to buy decorations for my mother's room. We were trying to give her a bit of Christmas even though no one was in the mood. I walked into a little shop and saw some cards on a table. They were old and I thought really wonderful. My Mother loved antiques and anything from the past , so I picked out a few and bought them. She loved them. We decorated her mantle so she could see it with greens and I placed the cards on top. It made her happy. Four days after Christmas , she passed away. After, I took the cards and brought them home and placed them on my own mantle. They remind me of her and how much she enjoyed them. My Mother was the best person I know, and her love of old houses and ways of things was passed to me. I think of her everyday and when I am doing something in my house , like decorating for Christmas, I think about what she would have done.  Her influence is great!

The middle one is a favorite, and I think late 19th century.

  I continued collecting the postcards. The ones I especially love were made around the turn of the 20th century. Did I say that right? From 1900 to about 1910. The graphics are wonderful and bright. Some of the cards, I found in shops and others I got on ebay. They are fun to collect and very affordable. My favorites are the ones made in Germany. Some have writing on the back and it is interesting to see where the cards ended up . I've even researched a couple that had names and addresses on them.  I am hooked for sure and I bet once you start looking at them , you will be too.

                     Merry Christmas everyone !

Saturday, December 19, 2015

 ~Merry Christmas Everyone and a Happy New Year! ~



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sylvie makes friends!

Sandy's little wooden doll named Sylvie, made fast friends with Eugenia , Rupert and Elena.
They wanted to show her around and so they climbed to the highest place to survey the scene.

Mr. Clock was very accommodating.....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sandy comes for a visit!

Sandy on the rocks

 Friday, my friend Sandy came for a visit. She lives in North Chatham, New York, which is a small town in upstate New York.  We spent the weekend doing things that both of us love to do. First thing we did was take a walk to the beach near my house. It was a beautiful day, so we took our lunch along and sat on the rocks looking out at the water and the lighthouse. So nice....

The lighthouse

 Saturday we went to my friend, Claudia Hopf's house, in Kennebunk Maine, for the annual Christmas open house. Claudia does beautiful Scherenschnitte , (paper cutting) and her son Perry , makes beautiful paint grained boxes and frames, ( Perry also makes incredible period frames). Kennebunk is a wonderful New England town, full of history and charm. There are wonderful houses from the 18th and 19th century. It is one of my favorite places.We spent a couple hours walking around looking at all the goods for sale. We both came out of the house carrying bags!

Claudia Hopf's house, circa 1830, Kennebunk, Maine

Our next stop was also in Kennebunk.  It is called Snug Harbor Farm, where they sell beautiful topiaries. Running around free were chickens of all kinds, happily pecking the ground. Snug Harbor also had some rare birds and a gorgeous peacock , that I tried to take a picture of but couldn't get a good shot of him.  The best part of course was looking into the greenhouses full of topiaries.  All shapes and sizes, and different types of plants.  Sandy came out of the greenhouse with a new canary! They also sell birds and had several canaries for sale. "Mr. Jefferson" was our campanion for the rest of the day. He was very well behaved.
Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk, Maine

The gift shop

Hen house? I love this building!

Greenhouse with topiaries....heavenly!

 After a nice lunch in Kittery, we went on through Portsmouth, New Hampshire , another of my very favorite places, to Newcastle, New Hampshire. Newcastle is just over a little causeway from Portsmouth and in the 18th and 19th centuries was a little fishing hamlet. Very charming, with little capes and windy streets. My friend Sharon has restored one of those little capes and is about to start on the interior restoration. We went to visit her. Sharon's house was originally built in the 18th century as a fish shack. Or so it seems. More research needs to be done but the history of the area suggests that her house was one of many dotting this coast and used as a cottage for fishing gear and also storage. Later it was sold and became a small house. Inside there are two fireplaces with ovens in the back. At one time this house, as small as it is , was owned by two different people. One on one side and another on the other side. Sharon and I plan on doing the deed work and researching more the history. Sharon spent a year carefully restoring the exterior. The exterior has hand skived clapboards and rosehead nails. She also had period windows with old glass made. The front door is an antique early door. I am excited to see what the inside will look like when she starts work on that.

Sharon's wonderful 18th century cape

The front of Sharon's house. Beautiful early doors!
Finally after a long day, we drove home with Mr. Jefferson, sitting on Sandy's lap. He is home with Sandy now in her house and getting used to his new home. Sandy wrote to tell me he is singing away and seems quite happy. Next post , I will tell more of the story......