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   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

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