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    Readers' Roundup

    Going into our fifth year of publication, we’re aware that we haven’t even scratched the surface of all the beauty and exciting history there is to see in our home state. We want to thank all our readers, ordinary folk, along with professors and antique experts, who have joined us in our travels around as special and as curious a place as exists on God’s green earth.

    We also want to thank all those readers and advertisers who emailed and called in tips about old houses, many of them in out of the way spots around the state.  I have been looking up info on these tips for two years now and finally decided to hold a one-man Readers’ Round-Up, dedicating nine days at the end of September and beginning of October to run down these tips and consequently finding myself in places in Connecticut I’d never been to before.  Leaving my base in Norwalk, I spent the next nine nights in motels in Granby, Cheshire, Brooklyn, Plainfield, Willington, Fairfield, Rockfall, and East Windsor, spending every day primarily searching for old houses. For me, the continued success of, the organic connection between its readers, advertisers, writers, and artists, is indisputable proof of what E.F. Schumacher wrote about in Small Is Beautiful.

  A smaller magazine can operate on a more focused level than big media. As Schumacher put it, “When available ‘spiritual space’ is not filled by some higher motivations, then it will necessarily be filled by something lower—by the small, mean, calculating attitude to life which is rationalized in the economic calculus.” Emerson said he wrote in order to create “a Farmers’ Almanac of mental moods.” We do everything we can think of, take every time and expense, to be like that.

   Two articles resulting from the Readers’ Round-Up, “The Governor Chauncey Cleveland House” and “The Last of the Puritans” are in this issue. More articles from the Round-up are on deck for future issues. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to let us know about some old house or backwoods neighborhood in the Nutmeg State.

 Max H. Peters



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