Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Of Houses in Early America......

So I survived an intellectual week at Yale University, bought an official Yale sweatshirt, and am filled with admiration for those living in Early Colonial America.  My 8.5 hour drive home from the Berkshires of Massachusetts on Friday night was filled with hundreds of memories and ideas to do on my own little farm.  However, I would like to share some great places that I got to see as part of my Yale experience.

The close of the seminar was spent at the Professor's house in the Berkshires.  It is a Colonial home dating back to 1787.

To say the house is amazing is an understatement!  He and his wife are antique collectors and the inside of the home is to step back in time to Colonial America.....it was by far better than some museums I have been to.  I took many pictures of the inside but did not ask permission to publish them so I will respect his privacy.

Over dinner that evening the Professor asked me lots of questions on raising livestock as he wants to buy a couple of alpacas.  I firmly insisted that this beautiful view would look much better with some heritage breed sheep;)

One of our fieldtrips was to New London, Connecticut to visit the Hempstead House.  It was built in 1678 and is the oldest surviving house in New London.  While touring the house one could hear the blasting of urban rap music as it is on the corner of a busy intersection in a not so great area of New London.  Gotta love that atmosphere!

The house was filled with many clues of the importance of spinning and fiber in the late 1600's and early 1700's.

One day I would love to have one of these spinning wheels in my home...........

.......and though I am not a weaver, the loom was just a fascinating piece to see and is still used for demonstration in the home.

And wouldn't one love to have a fireplace like this in one's house?

So, do you know what this interesting loom is?  The Professor even had one in his house!
Do you see the orbs in the picture?  Bet there were ghosts among us at the house! 

Sigh........ I know it seems like such a simpler time, but it was truly a hard time for many.  Its a fascinating time period to study and emerge one's self in.  Glad I had the opportunity to partake in it for a week!


Christine said...

I can't even BEGIN to express how envious I am.

Stephen Andrew said...
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Stephen Andrew said...

What an incredible opportunity! I would love to do that, Colonial America is of never-ending interest to me. I aspire to have a lovely colonial like your professor's. I stumbled upon your blog and love it. A sense of humor and unpretentious knowledge. And a fellow Ohioan :) hopefully soon I'll be asking you for specifics on where you got that great greenhouse!

Dave Lewis said...

Hey! I can fix you up with a great wheel if you will learn how to use it. :)

kristi said...

Oh, but I am envious you getting to work on that historical farm!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I love to talk about my barns! All of them are Amish built in Holmes County including the greenhouse!

Ok, I am assigning you as my teacher and I warn you, I can be a bad student...you might have to explain things more than once!