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Article Archives

   Issue 1   Summer 2013

ANTIQUE ABANDON
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Connecticut

In the mid-sixties the Westport Goodwill was in an old building on the southeast corner of Riverside... (more)

A PLACE FOR ALL SEASONS
Hiking the Lower Connecticut River

This isn’t adventure. What you really want is to keep up your relationship with the big river. You...(more)

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANTIQUE GRANDFATHER CLOCKS by Gary R. Sullivan
 The most commonly recognized form of antique clock is typically referred to as a Grandfather clock...(more)

THE MAN WHO RESCUES HOUSES
Hadlyme Builder Creates a Neighborhood of Reconstructed Old Homes

Forty years ago Harry Parkhouse “Skip” Broom started his company, H.P. Broom Housewright, a...(more)

OF FATAL COURAGE
A sense of meaninglessness and absurdity is always ready to steal up on us in our weakest moments, as in the days after the horror at Newtown. (more)

ON EVEN TERMS WITH TIME
Tradition of Connecticut Valley Furniture Making Continues with Peter Aleksa
There is quality reproduction furniture, and then there is museum quality reproduction furniture...(more)

MEADOW POINT STUDIOS
Arts and Crafts Handmade Pottery and Tile

Holly Shaw and Richard Evans create handmade pottery and tile in the Arts and Crafts tradition... (more)

   Issue 2    Fall 2013

ANTIQUE CONNECTICUT POTTERY
The Wilton Historical Society Collection

In Federal times, and up to the 1830s, Norwalk was a center for the handcrafting of...(more)

FOLK ART SCULPTURE OF MARK A. PERRY
He started off carving copies of late 18th century and early 19th century weathervanes, cigar store Indians, figureheads, (more)

LOST AND FOUND AT NEWTOWN
The last time I was in Newtown, this past June, I got lost driving in the endless leafy maze .... (more)

COLONIAL CLASSIC
Talk about old homes, South Street in Coventry has the Nathan Hale Homestead, built in 1776...(more)

THEY CALL HIM SHERLOCK "HOMES"
Home Inspector Tom Morgan specializes in searching out problems with old homes (more)


AMERICAN RESTORATION TILE

Charles Eastlake, one of the fathers of the Arts and Crafts movement, was enthusiastic about tiles... (more)

ANTIQUE KITCHEN APPEAL
Going back to the earliest days of mankind, the campfire and then the hearth have been the focal point for the family group (more)

IMPERIAL DECORATING & UPHOLSTERY
When the most valuable antique chairs and sofas need reupholstering in Connecticut, they often end up at Imperial Decorating (more)

   Issue 3   Winter 2013

A NATURALIST GIVES AN OLD FARM
Popular nature writer Edwin Way Teale gifted his country house and 156 acres to the Connecticut Audubon Society so that others could enjoy some of the closeness to nature he enjoyed. (more)

THE MARTHA A. PARSONS HOUSE IN ENFIELD
The old-house enthusiast would have a hard time finding a more enjoyable place to spend a Sunday afternoon than in Enfield’s Historical District...(more)

PERIOD KITCHEN SHOWCASE
Remodeling a period home into a residence for today presents the remodeler with many challenges... (more)

PICKIN' AND GRINNIN' AT THE MANSFIELD DRIVE-IN FLEA MARKET
One of the top entertainment venues in northeast Connecticut is the Mansfield Drive-In... (more)

MILLTOWN PRIMITIVES, LLC
Located in rural North Stonington, CT, Milltown Primitives is a collection of six rooms fully decorated... (more)

BERTHOLD NEBEL'S STONE STUDIO IN WESTPORT
The sculptor Berthold Nebel was one of those artists who, in the middle decades of the twentieth century, broke away from the classical tradition...(more)

POEM. CARDINALS, BY RICHARD SPRINGER

DOUG'S SONG
Before I ever heard Doug Setapen speak, I heard him sing. One evening in 1965... (more)

   Issue 4   Spring 2014

TIME FOR ANOTHER STILLMEADOW REVIVAL
"Old houses, I thought, do not belong to people ever, not really, people belong to them".... (more)

PRACTICE MADE PERFECT
This is the story of a humble man, a man of the people, the great and innovative things he accomplished in the building trade during his lifetime...(more)

YANKEE ORIGINAL
The Paintings, Murals, Boxes, Miniature Houses, and Decorated Furniture of Christopher Gurshin (more)

PERIOD KITCHEN SHOWCASE PART 2
Remodeling a period home into a residence for today presents the remodeler with many challenges... (more)

IMPERIAL DECORATING & UPHOLSTERY - SINCE 1932
Long known as expert upholsterers, Imperial Decorating & Upholstery is becoming a place to find fine fabrics... (more)

STEPHEN EARP REDWARE
Stephen Earp makes “Redware,” a type of pottery based on the domestic earthenware of the 17th - 19th centuries... (more)

OF ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSES
  Michael Day is a former elementary school teacher and principal from Barkhamstead who...(more)

POEM. NEW WAYS, BY RICHARD SPRINGER

   Issue 5   Summer 2014

REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN
 Architect-builder Isaac Fitch is considered a major figure in Connecticut decorative arts history (more)

NOT YOUR GRAMPA'S BEE AND THISTLE
The Bee and Thistle Inn was originally built as a residence in 1756. First opened to the public in (more)

VICTORIAN COTTAGE AT MYSTIC
Tom Morgan has been working on his perpetual project, his Mystic Victorian, for over a decade (more)

THE WOOD SCULPTURES OF JEFFREY VULTE
Writing about Jeffrey Vulte there are many things to keep in mind, not the least being (more)

A CURE FOR BASEMENT AND CRAWL SPACE PROBLEMS IN OLD HOMES
Neutocrete is a Danbury company that has developed a process for restoring basements and crawl (more)

EARLY NEW ENGLAND HOMES BY COUNTRY CARPENTERS
The craftsmen at Country Carpenters carry on centuries-old traditions that have come full circle (more)

NEW OLD SIGNS
I have always been interested in old signs and antique tools since I was a young man (more)

ANTHEM AMERICANA
For the non-expert, contemporary Americana art can seem simplistic if you don’t give it a chance (more)

NOANK CO-OP
In an era when mammoth, sterile supermarket chains are taking over with their automated (more)

LIVING WITH ANTIQUES
In the hills of northern Connecticut, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick K. Barbour have made a charming (more)

AT THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM

LEGENDARY REVOLVING HOUSE
The revolving house in Wilton is for sale. Usually referred to as the Round House, (more)

WINTER BRIGHT by RICHARD SPRINGER

From the Editor - UNDER MONADNOCK

   Issue 6   Fall 2014

WALTZING THROUGH THE RIPTIDES: THE ORDEAL OF SILAS DEANE
 It’s been a dozen years since I first visited the Silas Deane house, part of the Webb-Deane-Stevens  (more)

WALLACE NUTTING REVEALED
“A person who does not collect,” wrote Wallace Nutting, “is a moron.”  That got my attention, (more)

A PLACE CALLED JONESVILLE
A sculptor named Fred Jones, along with his wife Rebecca, an artist who was one of the founders, in 1934, of the West Hartford Art League... (more)

A PLEA FOR THE BEECHER HOUSE
The 1775 Litchfield house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born sits today dismantled in two leaky (more)

REVIEW OF MAKING FREEDOM
“The law will never make men free: it is men who have got to make the law free. “ (more)

CHRISTOPHER GURSHIN AT THE WAYSIDE INN
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, located inSudbury, Massachusetts, has a long history of over three hundred (more)

EMINENT VICTORIAN LIGHTING
Tucked away at the end of a quiet litlle street in Farmington, is the best collection of antique lighting...(more)

DOABLE DREAMS BY COUNTRY CARPENTERS
Imagine coming to work here, on your property, to craft reproduction Colonial furniture… (more)

HISTORICALLY CORRECT TILE FOR YOUR BATHROOM
Attention Victorian, Tudor, and Arts and Crafts enthusiasts. (more)

MANSFIELD DRIVE-IN FLEA MARKET
If the Mansfield Drive-In Sunday flea market keeps growing the way it has been the past couple of years...(more)

POEM: COBBLE HILL by RICHARD SPRINGER

From the Editor - THE SOUL OF AN OLD HOUSE
The house is half evening, half resolved.Only the half they can never possess remains… (more)

   Issue 7   Winter 2014


STEVENS HOUSE, WETHERSFIELD

The Isaac Stevens House is more than a historical house with period furnishings; it is an early anecdote of what has come to be called the American Dream...  (more)

MINIATURE HOUSES BY CHRISTOPHER GURSHIN
Since I first began in 1966 I always liked working with wood of all kinds, creating tavern signs and making them look old... (more)

LEBANON'S EARLY NEW ENGLAND SALVAGE
Glenn Pianka, owner of owner of Olde New England Building and Salvage Company in Lebanon, spent twenty years as a Connecticut State Police Officer... (more)

IMPERIAL UPHOLSTERY
Imperial Decorating and Upholstery’s 5,000 sq. ft. building blends seamlessly into a leafy, quiet residential neighborhood in West Hartford... (more)

A PLACE CALLED JONESVILLE, PART TWO
A quick turn from the busy 4 Highway near downtown Farmington onto gravel Norton Lane puts you in a world that both predates and subsumes our frantic times... (more)

CANNONS AT STONINGTON
The cannons that sit on Cannon Square on Stonington Point are the actual ones that were used against the British in 1814 and, before that, in 1775.... (more)

FURNITURE AT THE MANSFIELD DRIVE-IN FLEA MARKET
This past June, I made my second trip to the Mansfield Drive-in Flea Market. On my first trip, I had wandered all over the place, just getting a feel for the scope of what was available from what seemed like (more)

JOHN BROWN'S BIRTHPLACE
I’d read that John Brown’s birth-site was an empty spot in the woods in Torrington. I always wanted to go there and finally made it on a mild, partly-sunny Saturday this past June... (more)

STONEWARE AT HARWINTON ANTIQUES SHOW
We stopped by the Harwinton Antiques and Design Weekend on Sunday, June 7th and saw some outstanding stoneware, including two remarkable Connecticut pieces... (more)

ERIC SLOANE EXHIBIT AT BRADLEY AIRPORT
Ever since Freddy Brehant from Country Carpenters introduced me to the art and writings of Eric Sloane, a trip to the Eric Sloane Museum Kent has been on my list, but somehow it hasn’t happened yet... (more)

AN AGE OF BARNS
An Age of Barns is the title of one of the best-loved books written by the late artist Eric Sloane. In the book, Sloane writes about how there is something in the essential nature of a barn, beyond its practical use... (more)

A PLEA FOR THE BEECHER HOUSE
The 1775 Litchfield house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born sits today dismantled in two leaky... (more)

Poem - CHASING GULLS by RICHARD SPRINGER

From the Editor - OF TIME AND THE HOUSATONIC
Back in the mid-1930s, Van Wyck Brooks was complaining that summer in Westport was turning into a“highbrow Coney Island.”... (more)

   Issue 8   Spring 2015

THE INCOMPARABLE JEAN LIPMAN
It seems amazing, looking back to the mid-60s, how excited some of (more)

CHRISTOPHER GURSHIN WALL MURALS
It was Jean Lipman, in her book American Primitive Painting, (more)

MAURER AND SHEPHERD, MASTERS OF WOOD
It’s one thing to admire centuries-old woodcraft in a museum;(more)

SPECIAL FINDS AT OLDE NEW ENGLAND BUILDING AND SALVAGE
Glenn Pianka runs Olde New England Building and Salvage out of what (more)

COLONIAL DAY - COUNTRY CARPENTERS
On Saturday, September 21, Country Carpenters hosted its 5th annual (more)

A VISIT TO PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE'S WARNER HOUSE
The MacPheadris-Warner House in Portsmouth, NH may very well be (more)

NUT PLAINS IN THE RAIN
Everyone has a place, or should have a place, to steal away to when life (more)

A PLEA FOR THE BEECHER HOUSE
The 1775 Litchfield house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born sits (more)

PRUDENCE CRANDALL, PROFILE IN COURAGE
The struggle for human equality is one thing, but when you’re over 65 (more)

A VISIT TO THE LYMAN ALLYN
What was planned a quick stop at the Lyman Allyn Museum in (more)

IN THE SPIRIT OF MONTY HALL - MANSFIELD DRIVE-IN FLEA MARKET
Last time we looked at the kind of furniture you can expect to see at (more)

FROM THE EDITOR
Rereading Walden in its entirety after thirty-something years, I was (more)

POEM "MOTH" BY RICHARD SPRINGER

   Issue 9   Summer 2015

CAPRILANDS: The Memory Won't Die
Have you ever heard of a place called Caprilands, a herb farm (more)

EARLY NEW ENGLAND HOMES' INTERIORS
Early New England Homes are fashioned after authentic 18th century (more)

CLASSIC WINDOWS
Gordon Brennan, owner of Gambrel Acres has been in the business of (more)

BEHIND A VICTORIAN STUDY DOOR
It’s unfortunate that one of Connecticut’s greatest sons, (more)

THOMAS BEECHER by Anya Laurence
When I wrote my book, “Love Divine: The Life of Henry Ward (more)

FRED AND REBECCA JONES, (ALMOST) FORGOTTEN PIONEERS,
Part 1 by Gary Knoble (more)

OLDE CENTURY COLORS: Shades of Colonial Times
Barbara Carbiener, owner of Olde Century Colors, has an extended (more)

MEET THE LADY WHO SAVED BOTH THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE AND THE HARRIET BEECHER STOWE HOUSE by Gary Knoble

FROM THE EDITOR: ALAS, THE TIMES FORBID AN EPITAPH

POEM "Lucky You" by Richard Springer

   Issue 10   Fall 2015

JOSEPH SCARROZZO: THE FIRST NINETY-EIGHT YEARS
Connecticut stories of great accomplishments in the arts (more)

VAN WYCK BROOKS, PLANETARY MAN
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald had left Westport just six months before (more)

HOME GROWN HOMES  Country Carpenters
Farm-to-Fork has, in recent years, gone from an environmental (more)

GARVEY RITA GALLERY AND  ANTIQUES
Garvey Rita Art and Antiques in West Hartford is recognized as being (more)

FRED JONES, PART TWO by Gary Knoble
He seldom sold his sculptures, particularly to anyone from (more)

PEWTER: A SHORT INTRODUCTION by Don Herr
Pewter is an alloy whose principal element is tin. Copper, lead, (more)

REVERIE: THE LANDOWSKA HOUSE by Anya Laurence
When I first entered the Landowska house in Lakeville, Connecticut, (more)

HOLLISTER HOUSE GARDEN by Christopher Gurshin
In traveling the picturesque countryside of Litchfield County (more)

SAVE THE BEECHER HOUSE
The 1775 Litchfield house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born sits (more)

FROM THE EDITOR: A CURE FOR THE COMMON COLDNESS

POEM "Thankful Stream I" by Richard Springer

   Issue 11   Winter 2015

HYBRID VIGOR
Hybrid cars are becoming common, not so hybrid colonial homes (more)

COLONIAL DAY AT COUNTRY CARPENTERS
On Saturday, September 19th, the 6th annual Colonial Day (more)

50th ANNUAL LEBANON OUTDOOR ANTIQUES SHOW
On Saturday, September 24th the Lebanon Historical Society (more)

THE RAFTERS, NEW HARTFORD CONNECTICUT by Anya Laurence
Many people have had crushes on movie or television stars, (more)

CHISTOPHER GURSHIN’S BLOOD MOON
At night on September 27, a Sunday, the heavens put on a (more)

VICTORIAN LIGHTS
Tucked away at the end of a quiet litlle street in Farmington (more)

MILTON AVERY "A HARTFORD BIOGRAPHY" by Gary Knoble
Milton Avery is arguably Hartford’s most celebrated painter (more)

CONDITION OF MERIDEN'S OLDEST HOUSE WORRIES LATE CURATOR'S HUSBAND by Molly Callahan
With the oldest house in the city oly getting older, one former city (more)

WINTER WATCH: THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF LEAVING YOUR WINTER HOME UNWATCHED by Tom Morgan
If you're a homeowner in the northeastern United States, you know (more)

SAVE THE BEECHER HOUSE
The 1775 Litchfield house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born sits (more)

FROM THE EDITOR: The Truth About Silas Deane, and Why We Should Care

POEM "Thankful Stream II" by Richard Springer

   Issue 12   Spring 2016

CT HORSE FARM GUEST HOUSE
 The passion for old houses has the tendency to loosen up whatever (more)

GLASTONBURY: A WEALTH OF COLONIAL HOMES by Christopher Gurshin
In last year’s winter issue of A Primitive Place I wrote about the early (more)

FROM A CHILDHOOD IN CHINA TO A SCHOLARSHIP IN HARTFORD
by Anne M. Hamilton
Even when John Bard McNulty could no longer read, he remained a (more)

REQUIEM FOR AN OLD HOUSE
The Samuel Bowers-John Durand house, c. 1686, locally known as (more)

EXPERIENCING THE OLD TIME SPIRIT with COUNTRY CARPENTERS & EARLY NEW ENGLAND HOMES
The Henry Whitfield stone house in Guilford, built in 1639, calls itself (more)

CHERRY BROOK WOODWORKS REVISITED
Three years ago, in the premier issue of CTOldHouse.com, we visited (more)

VICTORIAN REDUX
Michael Gambaccini is a self-confessed late Victorian fanatic. (more)

PEACE  BY PIECE: A Woman’s  Journey with Quilts
Karen Strid grew up in and around Bristol and moved to Hebron in (more)

WALLACE NUTTING UNCHAINED
Wallace Nutting was born in Massachusetts in 1861. His father was (more)

HARRY ROWE SHELLEY, CONNECTICUT COMPOSER AND ORGANIST
Anyone who attended church in the first half of the 20st century (more)

EUGENIE RICAU ROCHEROLLE: A TRANSPLANTED CT TREASURE
Although she was born and raised in New Orleans, Eugenie Rocherolle (more)

MILTON AVERY "A HARTFORD BIOGRAPHY" Part 2 by Gary Knoble
Milton Avery is arguably Hartford’s most celebrated painter (more)

SAVE THE BEECHER HOUSE
The 1775 Litchfield house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born sits (more)

FROM THE EDITOR

POEM "Dog Morning" by Richard Springer

   Issue 13   Fall 2016

INSIDE LINDA NELSON STOCKS HOUSE
Linda Nelson Stocks, who died in Woodbury in 2011, was and... (more)

THE HURD HOUSE: "MANY A WONDERFUL DAY" IN OLD WOODBURY
The Hurd House is actually a combination of two smaller houses... (more)

EAST LYME'S THOMAS LEE HOUSE & LITTLE BOSTON SCHOOL HOUSE
East Lyme is home to the Thomas Lee House, built between 1660... (more)

THE NORWICH TO HARTFORD TURNPIKE, 1795-1834 by Edmund N. Leete
Granted its charter in October 1795 the Hartford, New London... (more)

HISTORIC HOUSEFITTERS
Best known for their rigorously accurate period correct hand forged (more

GAMBREL ACRES: THE BENCHMARK OF EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD WINDOWS
The story of Gambrel Acres is a tale of steady and exacting... (more)

COUNTRY CARPENTERS DELUXE
How many different kinds of barns are there? How many can you...(more)

LONGFELLOW'S WAYSIDE INN by Christopher Gurshin
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, located in Sudbury, Massachusetts,... (more)

MANSFIELD DRIVE-IN THEATRE & MARKETPLACE
Mansfield Marketplace is eastern Connecticut's largest flea market,...(more)

BUYING AN OLD HOME?
Call them antique homes, vintage homes or century homes. Older...(more)

HISTORIC BEECHER HOUSE FOR SALE
The 1775 Litchfield house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born... (more)

CATHARINE ESTHER BEECHER: THE EDUCATOR by Anya Laurence
The first daughter born into the illustrious Beecher family, ... (more)

KAROLYN WELLS BASSETT: CONNECTICUT'S SWEET SINGER
by Anya Laurence
Derby, Connecticut, 1892, was the site of the birthplace of Karolyn... (more)

100th ANNIVERSARY OF TREASURED LANDMARK by Julie Winkel
Among the “ten commandments” Wallace Nutting distributed to... (more)

FROM THE EDITOR: CONNECTICUT CONTINUUM–I KID YOU NOT

POEM "Fearless" by Richard Springer

   Issue 14   Winter 2016

COLONIAL DAY AT HEBRON
For one Saturday every September for the past six years, the... (more)

HANDMADE TRADITIONAL COUNTRY BASKETS
Donna Dumaine of Anston has made a business, Country Baskets,... (more)

THE COUNTRY QUILTS OF ANNE LEWIS
Looking at Anne Lewis’s quilts recalls the advice from Ralph Waldo... (more)

NUTPLAINS IN THE SUN
The only other time I had visited Nutplains (old spelling) it had...(more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

AMOS DOOLITTLE: Connecticut's Paul Revere
Like Paul Revere, Amos Doolittle, born in Cheshire, was a colonial... (more

THE REV. WILLIAM HENRY BEECHER by Anya Laurence
In continuing our set of articles about the celebrated Lyman Beecher... (more)

IMPERIAL DECORATING AND UPHOLSTERY
Imperial Decorating and Upholstery, in business in West Hartford...(more)

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - McLean Wildlife Preserve
Ever since CTOldHouse.com began in 2013, I had been meaning to... (more)

REPORT FROM THE SITE OF THE FORT GRISWOLD MASSACRE
In September of 1781, in an unsuccessful attempt to divert General...(more)

AFFORDABLE AUTHENTIC 18TH CENTURY DOORS
The Olde New England Salvage website has such a huge number of...(more)

MANSFIELD DRIVE-IN MARKETPLACE: In the Spirit of Monty Hall
Mansfield Drive-In Marketplace, eastern Connecticut’s largest flea ... (more)

DUDLEY BUCK by Anya Laurence
Another of Connecticut's famous musicians, Dudley Buck was a... (more)

FROM THE EDITOR: GREAT BOOKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD

POEM "Broken Shore" by Richard Springer

   Issue 15   Spring 2017

CATTLE DRIVE; CONNECTICUT TO VALLEY FORGE
s far as I know, there is no cactus growing wild around Farmington... (more)

AVERY COPP HOUSE
In the year 1800 Rufus Avery built a substantial house for his two ... (more)

A VISIT WITH: Linda Stamm, President, Winter Associates, Inc., estate appraisers and auctioneers (more)

EARLY NEW ENGLAND HOMES/COUNTRY CARPENTERS BLACKSMITHERY
For over 100 years our family has been blacksmithing in Hebron, ...(more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

ECLECTIC CHARM IN OLD LYME
Duck Creek, a country house built in Old Lyme in the late 1930’s, ... (more

ANTIQUE CONNECTICUT WEATHERVANES
Some of the most beautiful and fascinating objects crafted by... (more)

HISTORIC HOUSEFITTERS SHOWCASE
Historic Housefitters is a leading purveyor of quality reproduction...(more)

DAVINO ANTIQUE CLOCKS
elve years ago, out of a love and admiration for the timekeepers of... (more)

CHARLES IVES: CONNECTICUT'S FAMOUS MUSICAL SON by Anya Laurence
He was born on October 20, 1874, in Danbury, Connecticut... (more)

ISABELLA BEECHER HOOKER: THE SUFFRAGETTE by Anya Laurence
One of the more vocal members of the Beecher family, Isabella ... (more)

FROM THE EDITOR: Vanishing Worlds

POEM "Winter Rite" by Richard Springer

   Issue 16   Spring 2017

STARTLING HISTORY EMERGES FROM THE DAVID HUMPHREYS HOUSE IN ANSONIA  Built in 1698, the David Humphreys House in Ansonia... (more)

RESTORING HISTORIC HOUSE IN GLASTONBURY AN UPWARDLY MOVING EXPERIENCE by Peter Marteka
Old coins usually turn up in between couch cushions or under car... (more)

HEBRON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COLONIAL DAY
On Thursday, May 18,a hundred and twenty  5th graders at Hebron...(more)

TWO “BIGS” AT OLDE NEW ENGLAND SALVAGE
In the antiques business, hand-sized pieces are generally referred to... (more)

TIM CROMARTY, FOLK ARTIST FROM OLD SAYBROOK
Tim Cromarty was twelve years old when he and his friends set up... (more)

BOOK REVIEW - A SIMPLER WAY OF LIFE
This book is much more than a gorgeous coffee-table item, it is an... (more)

MARY FOOTE BEECHER PERKINS By Anya Laurence
One of the least vocal of the famous Beecher family, Mary, born in East... (more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

JEWELRY AT MANSFIELD DRIVE-IN MARKETPLACE
In the Spirit of Monty Hall
 
Over the past few years we have run a series of articles about the...(more)

QUICK STOP AT LITCHFIELD HISTORY MUSEUM
Driving through Litchfield and pressed for time, I couldn’t help...(more)

THE REV. JOSEPH HOPKINS TWICHELL:
One of Connecticut's Finest Preachers By Anya Laurence

Twichell, born in Plantsville, a neighborhood of Southington,... (more)

FROM THE EDITOR
The Home-Keeping Wit: Welcome to the Here and Now

POEM "Nah Sunflower" by Richard Springer

Issue 17   Fall/Winter 2017

144 YEAR OLD PAINT BOX BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
Written by Janice Gurshin as told to her by Christopher Gurshin

CANNED AMERICANA
Give noted Americana artist Christopher Gurshin enough time... (more)

THE GOVERNOR CHAUNCEY CLEVELAND HOUSE
The call was from Jim Morneau.  Jim owns Classic Home Hardware...(more)

THE LAST OF THE PURITANS: Long Society Meetinghouse, Preston
Austere and primitive, the Long Society Meeting house sits... (more)

THREE CLASSIC CONNECTICUT ROOMS

EAST WINDSOR HILL
I’ve been meaning to go here for years. The first thing you’ve got to... (more)

COLONIAL DAY
We at Country Carpenters would like to take a moment and thank... (more)

AFTERNOON ADVENTURE: OLD DEERFIELD VILLAGE
For all the times I’ve crossed into Massachusetts to visit Old Deerfield...(more)

JAMES CHAPLIN BEECHER
The youngest child of the prolific Lyman Beecher, James’s mother... (more)

CTOldHouse GARAGE Sponsored by Dragone Classic Motorcars
1937 Packard 12 Convertible Victoria

51st ANNUAL LEBANON OUTSIDE ANTIQUES SALE
The 51st Annual Outdoor Antiques Show sponsored by the Lebanon... (more)

IN THE SPIRIT OF MONTY HALL  MANSFIELD MARKETPLACE
In search of video games, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and books....(more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

THE BUSH-HOLLEY HOUSE by Anya Laurence
One of the most famous Old Houses in Connecticut is the Bush-Holley...(more)

FROM THE EDITOR "Readers' Roundup"

POEM "Ambush" by Richard Springer

Issue 18   Spring 2018

RISING SUN TAVERN
The Rising Sun Tavern is an 18th century Georgian colonial located...(more)

PRESTON CITY MEETINGHOUSE
Little by little, the 200-year-old Long Society Meetinghouse in Preston.... (more)

HALE HOMESTEAD UPDATE - Photos by Christopher Gurshin
In our Spring 2017 issue, we profiled the initial stages of the...(more)

GOOD VIBRATIONS AT BREATHING ROOM
Expanding Yoga School Adds a Twist of Fresh Air to New Haven City... (more)

IMPERIAL UPHOLSTERY AND DESIGN
Imperial Decorating & Upholstering Co., Inc. is a family business...(more)

SARA DROUGHT NEBEL - The Landscape and That
You can look at a Sara Drought Nebel painting of a Madison beach... (more)

THE REV. GEORGE BEECHER by Anya Laurence
The third son of the Rev. Lyman Beecher, George was born in 1807... (more)

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1937 Packard 12 Convertible Victoria

COUNTRY CARPENTERS BARNS AND GARAGES
Many models of Country Carpenters barns are in use housing classic.... (more)

EDITH MORTON CHASE and 'TOPSMEAD' by Anya Laurence
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on April 3, 1891, the daughter of Alice...(more)

HISTORIC HOUSEFITTERS
Best known for their rigorously accurate period correct hand forged... (more)

FRED BREHANT
Authentic colonial items are treasured, and accurate replicas are...(more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

FROM THE EDITOR "Tribute to a Principal"

POEM "Chrysalis" by Richard Springer

Issue 19   Summer 2018

MICAH HOUSE AND CHAPEL IN GLASTONBURY
The Thomas Hale House, just south of the First Church of Christ...(more)

1600's HOUSE IN FARMINGTON ON BRINK OF DESTRUCTION
The Woodford-Newell-Strong House has long been a part of... (more)

EARLY NEW ENGLAND HOMES: Home is Where the Hearth Is
Early homes were built and situated in such a way as to take advantage...(more)

PRACTICE MADE PERFECT
This is the story of a humble man, a man of the people, the great ...(more)  

RARE STONE SPOUT SINK FOR SALE AT OLDE NEW ENGLAND SALVAGE
Olde New England Salvage in Bozrah has one of the largest and most... (more)

DECORATING SECRET REVEALED
It might be the best-kept interior design secret in Connecticut...(more)

ROSELAND COTTAGE, WOODSTOCK CONNECTICUT by Anya Laurence
In the eastern reaches of Connecticut there stands a remarkable pink... (more)

HELEN WINTER: Nine Years After her Death She Continues to Inspire
Born in Hartford in 1915, Helen Cutler was born with a strong artistic...(more)

HOME TO EAST WINDSOR HILL

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CHARLES BEECHER, THE FAMILY MUSICIAN by Anya Laurence
Charles Beecher was the one son of Lyman Beecher who suffered... (more)

A STROLL DOWN LITCHFIELD'S SOUTH STREET

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

FROM THE EDITOR "Grant's Retreat at Roseland Cottage"


Issue 20   Fall 2018/Winter 2019

FROM THE EDITOR - Thanks to everyone on our fifth anniversary

COLONIAL DAY AT HEBRON
Saturday, September 15, a fine sunny day, marked the 8th annual...(more)

COUNTRY CARPENTERS FEATURED ON PBS'S "THIS OLD HOUSE"

WHEN GENERAL DAVID HUMPHREYS TAUGHT GEORGE WASHINGTON ABOUT RACISM
It is not possible to overstate the part Connecticut played in the early ...(more)  

MANSFIELD MARKETPLACE FLEA MARKET GREAT PLACE TO FIND UNUSUAL CHISTMAS GIIFTS
Mansfield Marketplace is the largest flea market in eastern...(more)

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CHRISTOPHER GURSHIN ART PIECES AS HOLIDAY GIFTS

GAMBREL ACRES: NOTICE

EDWARD BEECHER: THE INTELLECT OF THE BEECHER FAMILY
by Anya Laurence
Lyman Beecher’s second son and third child was born in East Hampton...(more)

WHAT'S NEW AT OLD VILLAGE PAINT
Shellac is Back - There is renewed interest in Shellac as a good tool...(more)

WINTER ASSOCIATES, INC.
For over thirty years, Winter Associates in Plainville has provided... (more)

SILVER THREADS AMONG THE GOLD by Anya Laurence
These world-famous songs were written in the 1800’s by two men from...(more)

THE WELLES-SHIPMAN-WARD HOUSE MUSEUM OF GLASTONBURY
This mansion house, as it was known in the 18th century, is ... (more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

POEM "No Lie" by Richard Springer


Issue 21   Spring 2019

FROM THE EDITOR - THE REAL DEAL

A LOOK INSIDE A 1709 GUILFORD HOUSE
The russet red Pelitiah Leete House on the shore in Guilford has been...(more)

1858 MARTHA CULVER HOUSE, NORTH HAVEN by Susan A. Iverson
The old brick house on Quinnipiac Avenue is known to those familiar...(more)

TERMITE INFESTATION: SHOULD I BE WORRIED?
Any homeowner is going to be concerned about having termites...(more)

HENRY WARD BEECHER by Anya Laurence
He was a clumsy and bashful boy with an enlarged palate...an aunt...(more)

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THE CRAFTSMEN OF COUNTRY CARPENTERS by Fred Brehant
I love to look back to the early days of this fine country we live in... (more)

AMERICANA ORIGINAL - Christopher Gurshin Pieces for Sale
What you’re getting out of Christopher Gurshin’s barn, either...(more)

HISTORIC HOUSEFITTERS SHOWCASE##2
Although Historic Housekeepers is best known for their rigorously...(more)

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by Anya Laurence
So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this...(more)

MID VICTORIAN FURNITURE: FACTORIES WORKED  WITH CRAFTSMEN ON SPECIAL PIECES
In the 1870s wood carvers emigrated from the shipyards in Glasgow... (more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

CONNECTICUT VALLEY STYLE: Eliphalet Chapin Inspires a Tradition of Craft
by Erin Strogoff
Eliphalet Chapin (1741-1807) opened his East Windsor cabinet shop... (more)

POEM "Bad Shopkeeper" by Richard Springer

Issue 22   Summer 2019

FROM THE EDITOR - THAT HOMELY SPIRIT

IT'S HAPPENING IN OLD NEW MILFORD
On a recent visit to New Milford, I enjoyed a walk around the old Green. (more)

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: ROGER BARRETT SR. Country Carpenters
This is the story of a humble man, a man of the people, the great and...(more)

OLDE NEW ENGLAND SALVAGE EARLY STONE SINKS
In the days before indoor plumbing, many necessary utility items were...(more)

LYMAN BEECHER by Anya Laurence
Lyman was born in 1775, the son of David Beecher and his third wife...(more)

DISCOVERING THE LOVE FOR “THE BOYS OF SUMMER” IN MAINE
The greatest thing in the business of buying and selling antiques is the... (more)

THE THREE WIVES OF REV. LYMAN BEECHER by Anya Laurence
According to Theodore Parker, Lyman might have been “The father of...(more)

LYMAN BEECHER by Anya Laurence
Lyman was born in 1775, the son of David Beecher and his third wife...(more)

DISCOVERING THE LOVE FOR “THE BOYS OF SUMMER” IN MAINE
The greatest thing in the business of buying and selling antiques is the... (more)

THE THREE WIVES OF REV. LYMAN BEECHER by Anya Laurence
According to Theodore Parker, Lyman might have been “The father of...(more)

MEMORIAL DAY SUNDAY AT MANSFIELD MARKETPLACE
In previous issues, we’ve visited the Mansfield Marketplace, the largest...(more)

LITCHFIELD: A FEW FACES FROM THE PAST
The Litchfield Historical Society Museum, which at ten dollars a ticket... (more)

QUICK STOP: EAST WINDSOR HILL
Images from a short walk around a neighborhood along the... (more)

Issue 23   Fall 2019

FROM THE EDITOR - FROM A STONE SHACK

PERFECTING PRESERVATION AT THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE
The John Canning & Co. is an architectural restoration contractor... (more)

PERIOD GARAGE SHOWCASE
Skip Broom, owner of H.P. Broom - Housewright, is recognized as...(more)

GAMBREL ACRES: THE BENCHMARK OF EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD WINDOWS
The story of Gambrel Acres is a tale of steady and exacting... (more)

COLONIAL DAY AT COUNTRY CARPENTERS
On Saturday, April 21st, the 10th annual Colonial Day at Hebron... (more)

ANTIQUE DOORS GALORE
Since 1982 Olde New England Salvage Co.-- also known as Lebanon...(more)

BENTON BEECHER HOUSE by Anya Laurence
Much has been written about the prestigious Connecticut family, the...(more)

FEMALE HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE 1800’S
    CONNECTICUT’S EMMA WILLARD
  by Anya Laurence
Females, in those long ago days, were denied higher education for a...(more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

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Issue 24   Winter 2019

RESTORING A ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE
The one-room Hill and Plain Schoolhouse, located on Sullivan Road... (more)

1692 BUTTOLPH-WILLIAMS HOUSE, WETHERSFIELD
The Buttolph-Williams house, built c. 1692, was occupied first by...(more)

WHITFIELD STONE HOUSE
This great stone house was built in 1639 for the Reverend Henry... (more)

GREAT SMALL BUILDINGS
COUNTRY CARPENTERS is mainly known for the full-size post and... (more)

 CLIMATE CHANGE: A RECENT CONCEPT? by Anya Laurence
The world has been hearing about climate change for some time now...(more)

CALDER IN CONNECTICUT
From April 28 to August 6, 2000 the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum... (more)

OLIVER ELLSWORTH: STATE ATTORNEY FOR HARTFORD COUNT AND A MEMBER OF TTHE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS REPRESENTING CONNECTICUT  by Anya Laurence
A native of Windsor, Connecticut, where he was born on April 29, 1745,...(more)

CONNECTICUT QUILTS
This major exhibition exploring the hisory, culture and craft of quilt-...(more)

ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SHRINES TO FREEDOM IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST FOREVER
Time is running out for a vital piece of American history... (more)

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FROM THE EDITOR - WHAT HARRIET BEECHER STOWE MEANS TO ME

Issue 25   Spring 2020

A REVOLUTIONARY EPIDEMIC
During the Revolutionary War, two hundred Continental soldiers... (more)

JOHN AND MARY RIDER HOUSE, 1785 Main Street, Danbury
John Rider, a local carpenter who served as a captain in the...(more)

DISMANTLED 1740 CT RIVER SALTBOX HOUSE FOR SALE
When expert restorer Rick Gallagher informed Wes Fredericks... (more)

THE SORROWFUL LIFE OF CAROLINE CREEVEY by Anya Laurence
Born in 1843 at Rockville, a part of the village of Vernon, Connecticut ...(more)

SILAS DEANE HOUSE, 1766, WETHERSFIELD
The Silas Deane house, built in 1766, is architecturally unusual for... (more)

HAND CRAFTED BY COUNTRY CARPENTERS
Spring always seems like a time to slow down and reflect on life. ...(more)

CHRISTOPHER GURSHIN AMERICANA ART
Landscape paintings inspired by Rufus Porter

CATCHING UP WITH PETE ALEKSA OF CHERRY BROOK WOODWORKS
Six years ago, in the premier issue of CTOldHouse.com, we visited...(more)

Issue 26   Summer 2020

ORIGINAL 18th AND 19th CENTURY WIDEPLANK FLOORS
The Old Wood Workshop LLC in Pomfret was started in 1991 by... (more)

LEGENDS OF TRAIL WOOD
Trail Woods is an Audubon Society sanctuary in Hampton. This 160...(more)

CARRIAGE HOUSES FROM COUNTRY CARPENTERS
n today’s world it’s hard to believe that the original barn and carriage... (more)

RARE STONE FENCE POSTS AT OLDE NEW ENGLAND SALVAGE COMPANY
OLDE NEW ENGLAND SALVAGE in Bozrah has one of the largest...(more)

HISTORIC HOUSEFITTERS SHOWCASE
The Historic Housefitters Company was originally launched in 1985...(more)

FOR SALE: DECONSTRUCTED 18th CENTURY HOUSE
When expert restorer Rick Gallagher informed Wes Fredericks...(more)

A TRIBUTE: EUNICE BULLARD BEECHER by Anya Laurence
When we finished our series on the Beecher family a few issues back,...(more)

144 YEAR OLD PAINT BOX BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
Written by Janice Gurshin as told to her by Christopher Gurshin...(more)

IN DEFENSE OF CURSIVE by Judith Therman
As oflndependence Day, 2012, forty-five of the fifty United States have... (more)

THE WOOD SCULPTURES OF JEFFREY VULTE
Writing about Jeffrey Vulte there are many things to keep in mind... (more)

DANIEL HAND, FROM GROCERY CLERK TO PHILANTHROPIST
by Anya Laurence
Walking the streets of picturesque Guilford, Connecticut today, one...(more)

FROM THE EDITOR - BURNING GEORGE WASHINGTON

Issue 27   Fall 2020

TWO ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES FROM THE 1735 VAN WYCK HOUSE AT LLOYD'S HARBOR, NEW YORK
Tom Campbell, owner of Old Wood Workshop in Pomfret, is known... (more)

COUNTRY CABIN AND POOL HOUSES FROM COUNTRY CARPENTERS
When one thinks back on early Europeans arriving in North America...(more)

PATRIOTS AND TORIES HIT AND RUN BATTLES ON LONG ISLAND SOUND
by Patricia Q. Wall
Two hundred and fifty years ago the exploits of Revolutionary... (more)

A PASSION FOR AMERICANA
Phil Volk, an orthopedic surgeon in Plattsburg, New York explains ...(more)

GULL SCHOOL, HEBRON
 Gull School is a one-room schoolhouse that was originally built in in...(more)

MARY DIXON KIES; ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN WOMEN TO BE GRANTED A PATENT by Anya Laurence
Mary Dixon Kies, born March 21, 1752 in Killingly, Connecticut, was...(more)

SWAIN-HARRISON HOUSE, BRANFORD
On the Post Road approaching Branford from the west there is a long... (more)

DISMANTLED 1740 CT RIVER SALTBOX HOUSE FOR SALE
When expert restorer Rick Gallagher informed Wes Fredericks... (more)

FITZ-GREENE HALLECK: GUILFORD’S ALMOST FORGOTTEN POET
by Anya Laurence

Called “The American Byron”. Halleck was a celebrated poet during...(more)

FROM THE EDITOR - CASTLE WARD

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