Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Rocking Chair

It is rare to see a classic New England home that does not have at least one rocking chair. They are in so many ways perfect - easy to anthropomorphize as low-key, friendly, and selfless.

Rocking chairs are almost always the first choice for guests.  This includes the old and the young, each of whom seem to appreciate the ability to both move and feel some weightlessness for different reasons. Rocking chairs might be in the same strata as good kitchen smells and visible toys for children in making a house inviting.

For Colder Weather

Although their origins are somewhat in question, (the Benjamin Franklin myth has been pretty thoroughly debunked), some think the first rocker was made in the northeast while others say it was the Windsor Rocker, made in England in 1725.  Wicker showed up shortly after that (in the eighteenth century), the Adirondack Rocker in the early 1800s, and the Boston Rocker around 1840.  Rocking chairs have historically been reserved for the elders and heads of a family.

 The Presidential Rocker (often called the Kennedy Rocker) may be the most comfortable rocking chair made.

L.L. Bean still sells it in their Home Store in Freeport – still made in the US - at what is a reasonable $299.99. 

A true Carolina Rocker has this stamp underneath the arm.

Then there are the requisite, sometimes impractical, school chairs  (Still made in Gardner, Massachusetts  today at Standard Chair).
Like so many perfect things, rocking chairs can easily be forgotten. But their low-key contribution to the quality of one's life is always appreciated.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Preppy Trivia Question: What was the first store to carry Vera Bradley and Vineyard Vines?

I had asked this trivia question:
Q: What was the first store in the country to carry Vera Bradley?  It was also the first store to carry Vineyard Vines.

Thank you to everyone who responded.  Here is the answer:
A: The Fligors of Edgartown.

Responses of Murray's Toggery Shop in Edgartown are geospatially correct anyway.  Murray's occupied The Fligors' building from about 2001 to 2007 (Murray's originally had opened their Vineyard store 32 years ago in Vineyard Haven, before moving to Edgartown when their lease was up).

 Carol Fligor confirmed that their store had been the first to carry these two brands.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Walk Through New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, Connecticut. is one of the most interesting New England cities with many places to visit and see.   It is dominated by Yale,  of course,  but is also one of the oldest cities. It was founded in 1638, led by puritans Davenport and Eaton.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Guest Post: A Bit of History of Sachems Head, Connecticut

A Bit of History of Sachems Head, Connecticut

Connecticut's Sachems Head
Although Sachems Head is a small place, studying her history is a large task. I began to collect information from various sources and to concentrate on what I, myself, could recall. I was more than glad that I had given myself the privilege of unearthing so much that was interesting to me and that I hope will be worth the attention of those of you who are here this afternoon. I have not had to do much digging up of records as that has been done so thoroughly by Mrs. Henry B. Griswold. Some of the results of her efforts have been published from time to time in the local papers to which I had access. Some of them I was fortunate enough to find laid away among my own treasures. You will have to excuse personalities from time to time which may enter into my talk. Sachems Head is part of my life - I belong there. I started going to Rock Bound when I was five weeks old and I am quite sure that I am about the oldest summer resident reckoned in terms of seasons spent at Sachems Head - so - I speak with the authority which age confers.