Alice Morse Earle
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Alice Morse Earle
When the first settlers landed on American shores, the difficulties in finding or making shelter must have seemed ironical as well as almost unbearable.
We should have scant notion of the gardens of these New England colonists in the seventeenth century were it not for a cheerful traveller named…
We have very pretty Dutch gardens, so called, in America, but their chief claim to being Dutch is that they are set with bulbs, and…
The seventeenth-century baby slept, as his nineteenth-century descendant does, in a cradle. Nothing could be prettier than the old cradles that have survived successive years…
The pillory and stocks, the gibbet, and even the whipping-post, have seen many a noble victim, many a martyr. But I cannot think any save…
The men in those old days of the seventeenth century, when in constant dread of attacks by Indians, always rose when the services were ended…
The first meeting-houses were often built in the valleys, in the meadow lands; for the dwelling-houses must be clustered around them, since the colonists were…
The first and most natural way of lighting the houses of the American colonists, both in the North and South, was by the pine-knots of…
Sunken gardens should be laid out under the supervision of an intelligent landscape architect; and even then should have a reason for being sunken other…
Salem houses present to you a serene and dignified front, gracious yet reserved, not thrusting forward their choicest treasures to the eyes of passing strangers;…
Our Puritan forefathers, though bitterly denouncing all forms and ceremonies, were great respecters of persons; and in nothing was the regard for wealth and position…
One of the earliest institutions in every New England community was a pair of stocks. The first public building was a meeting-house, but often before…
It is easy to gain a definite notion of the furnishing of colonial houses from a contemporary and reliable source – the inventories of the…
In the early New England meeting-houses the seats were long, narrow, uncomfortable benches, which were made of simple, rough, hand-riven planks placed on legs like…
Few of the early houses in New England were painted, or colored, as it was called, either without or within. Painters do not appear in…
By the year 1670, wooden chimneys and log houses of the Plymouth and Bay colonies were replaced by more sightly houses of two stories, which…
It is heartrending to read the entries in many an old family Bible – the records of suffering, distress, and blasted hopes.
From the hour when the Puritan baby opened his eyes in bleak New England, he had a Spartan struggle for life.
There is something inexpressibly sad in the thought of the children who crossed the ocean with the Pilgrims and the fathers of Jamestown, New Amsterdam,…
The brank, or scold’s bridle, was unknown in America in its English shape: though from colonial records we learn that scolding women were far too…
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