Colonial Cooking: Wilted Salad

The hearth was the heart of a colonial home. It provided people with warmth, light, and most importantly, food. Almost everything a colonial family ate would have been prepared on the hearth. In this mini-series, I am going to show you how I make some of my hearth cooking staples. Please note that not all … Read more

What’s in a Name? — America’s First Name

We learn in school that America was named after Amerigo Vespucci. His claim to the name is not due to great heroism or importance, however. He was simply an explorer of the Americas around the year 1500 and a mapmaker of that time thought, “Why not name this new land after him?” And so it … Read more

The “Old” Greenwich Town Hall

Mr. Bruce was a New Yorker who, in 1858, purchased the Victorian mansion, “Hawk’s Nest”, on the bluff situated just south of the railroad on Steamboat Road. Although he had been married twice and had three children, he outlived them all and, in his later years, gave much of his time, energy, and money for … Read more

The Havemeyer Building

Romanesque doesn’t describe most architecture in Greenwich. Richardsonian Romanesque — even less. Yet, one of the most distinctive buildings in the town’s historic municipal center exemplifies that late-nineteenth-century style of architecture. The Havemeyer Building sits gracefully atop a gently sloping hill at the corner of Arch Street and Greenwich Avenue. No doubt the grand Syrian … Read more

Ancient Crafts: Weaving

Weaving is one of the oldest crafts in the world. Even before weaving was used to make cloth the practice of interlacing plants and branches was used to create baskets, shelter, and fences. Cloth traditionally is made one of two ways: weaving or knitting threads. Weaving is the process of interlacing threads in an over-under … Read more

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