Historic “Fairfield” Estate in Berryville, VA, To Be Auctioned (and yes, George Washington Really Slept Here)

George Washington didn’t just sleep here . . . he reportedly visited the place a lot.  And it’s recorded in his diaries. It was, after all, the home of a cousin of his, Warner Washington. Warner built this grand mansion, called “Fairfield,” in 1768 — just a few years before the Revolutionary War propelled his younger […]

Highlights from the 2016 Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference in Durham, NC

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) is the premier organization in North America dedicated to the appreciation and study of ordinary buildings and landscapes. Established in 1979, VAF is composed of scholars from many fields, including history, architectural history, geography, anthropology, sociology, landscape history, historic preservation, and material culture studies. The VAF holds a 3-day annual conference, […]

New TV Series searches for Hidden Treasures at Historic Properties

There are few things more exciting (well, at least for a history nerd like myself) than when someone discovers a hidden artifact at a historic house —  in a wall, a basement, an attic, or even underground.  Intriguing discoveries like these provide us with direct, tangible links to people from the past who occupied these […]

Georgian Estate in Wicomico, VA — “West End” — To Be Auctioned

I’ll add this one to my growing wish-list.  “West End” is a beautifully restored and fully furnished historic estate c.1790, and includes a main residence, guest house and multiple accessory buildings on approximately 32 acres of lush landscape and formal gardens.  According to NYC-based Concierge Auctions, the property will sell at a live auction on […]

The Early History of Christmas Trees in America’s Historic Houses

For some reason, christmas trees and historic houses just go together.  Both, in their own way, seem to embody tradition, nostalgia, the bonds of family, and c0ntinuity over time.  Perhaps this is why there are few things that strike me as more timeless than a beautiful historic home decked out in traditional Christmas decor.  It […]

“This Old House” reveals its “Best Old House Neighborhoods” of 2011

“This Old House” magazine has declared its best historic house neighborhoods for 2011, releasing an extensive report featuring 64 neighborhoods from all over North America.  So as to not leave out anyone, 1 neighborhood was chosen for each U.S. state and 1 for each Canadian province. The magazine editors say that  these “best” historic neighborhoods […]

Circa 1627 Stone House offered in Wallasey, England

We usually stick to American topics here on HHB–  but, wow, this property “across the pond” really caught my eye. Up for auction on November 23rd in the U.K. is this incredible, post-Tudor, sandstone block property, which is “reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Wirral,” dating to the year 1627.  Yeah . . . that’s […]

Birmingham (AL) Library to Host “Historic House Research Workshop”

A FREE workshop on historic house research is to be held at the Birmingham Public Library on Saturday, July 18th.  Sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Commission & the Birmingham Historical Society, the event will feature 3 speakers and 2 authors who will be signing books.   The event starts at 9:30am, at the Central Library […]

Historic House Tour – Mathews County (Chesapeake Bay), VA

As we roll into summer, lots of great historic house & garden tours are drawing admiring crowds of old house lovers. This coming Saturday, the historical society in Mathews County, Virginia, is holding its 4th “Mathews Historic House Tour.”  The tour is one of the most important fundraisers for the organization, and requires over 200 […]

Mark Your Calendars! The 2nd Annual New England Historic Home Show

It is almost that time of year again, as Goodrich & Company rolls out the schedule for their 2nd annual “New England Historic Home Show” in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on April 17th, 18th, and 19th (Friday – Sunday).  We at the Historic House Blog attended the inaugural show last year, and found it to be an enjoyable & […]