New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius

(Union Park Press, 2011)

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Peer through the rippled panes of an old home, and you peer through years of history. Antique homes are our windows to the past. As Mark Twain said, “To us, our house was not unsentient matter—it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with…” New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius welcomes us into 36 of the region’s finest historic properties, each carefully selected for its historical significance, visual appeal, and exceptional story.

From elaborate mansions, including Connecticut’s Eolia and Rhode Island’s Breakers, to country Colonials, including New Hampshire’s Fells estate and Maine’s Hamilton House, each home uniquely demonstrates how life has evolved in New England. Once the residences of politicians, philanthropists, and authors, these properties and their collections prove worthy of preservation, but many have struggled to fund their restoration.

William H. Johnson’s photography showcases the bold colors and striking architectural details of the homes. He also captures the splendor of the gardens, created by such designers as Beatrix Farrand and Gertrude Jekyll. All the seasons are represented, providing ideas for year-round traditional home décor and garden design.

This book makes an excellent travel guide. After reading it, why not take a road trip to visit New England’s great historic landmarks—or better yet, restore your own historic home and discover its untold tales.

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