Honoring Those Who Served

Honoring those who served on this Veteran’s Day. Living in a historic house is a daily reminder of those who came before us. On this Veteran’s Day, I am reminded of the service of Benjamin Franklin Whitten.

B.F. Whitten (called Frank by his family) served in the Union forces in the Civil War. He enlisted in the 9th Maine in September 1861 and served to close of War, in July 1865. He took part in the battles of Hilton Head, Fernandina, Drewrys Bluff, Morris Island and Cold Harbor and spent nine months as a prisoner of war. He survived the war and returned to Whitten House in 1865.

Historic buildings are the most visible symbols of our history and tell much of our nation’s story. B.F. Whitten’s wartime letters, filled with information about his life, are preserved in the Library of Congress but are only seen by a handful of people. Whitten House is seen by dozens of people daily, and nearby interpretive signage provides information about the Whittens for those who are interested.

Preserving houses preserves our history and honors those who came before us. I wrote “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” to help people preserve this evidence of our nation’s past. The restoration of Whitten House provides many of the example projects in the book.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Select restoration and preservation titles by other authors are also available in our shop.

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