Home for the Holidays

Since the late 19th century, Americans have looked back nostalgically to the “the old home place” during the holidays. In the 20th century, Norman Rockwell tapped into this emotional wellspring in many of his famous works. It really isn’t surprising that a nation of people on the move (Go west, young man!) would develop a strong attachment to memories of where they came from.

This Greek Revival style house is the type of New England homestead many people left to move west in the 19th century. In fact, Benjamin Franklin Whitten, born in this house in 1834, moved west after his service in the Civil War and homesteaded in Nebraska. He later moved on the California.

Some of us are still drawn to these houses, attracted by the architecture but also to an idea of “home” that connects to the past and reminds us that we are part of something bigger and longer than the historical moment we happen to live in.

I wrote “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” for those people. It is available in stores as of December 10th, now on the Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, Target, and Walmart websites and on Amazon. Order your copy today!

Prefer to shop local? Ask your local bookstore to contact their W.W. Norton rep to order copies!

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