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A Few Favorite New England Blogs to Follow

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Over the last year of blogging, I have enjoyed finding other blogs to follow that celebrate my beautiful state of Connecticut, the New England region in general or historic architecture/historic preservation. At times it is difficult to find quality blogs to enjoy, so here are a few recommendations to get you started: The Size of Connecticut – Johnna Kaplan has been …

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Some New Year Inspiration

Deb Architecture, Quotes & Inspiration 8 Comments

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain We have all heard this quote before, or something like it, haven’t we? The classic way to defeat procrastination is to just do something, anything, to get the …

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Thursday Doors: Comstock, Ferre & Co.

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Thursday Doors 18 Comments

Just a short twenty-minute ride from my current hometown of West Hartford lies Old Wethersfield, CT which has the distinction of being the largest historic district in the state with over 1,100 contributing structures. The area was settled in 1634 and by some counts is the first settlement in the state (there is some debate over that!) There is so much to …

Working in the Lowell Mills: Guest Post by Lauren Cohen

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The following is a creative writing piece by my daughter Lauren, a junior in high school. Her history teacher asked that the students write a piece from the perspective of an employee who worked in the mill town of Lowell, MA in the early 1800s. Various things were to be included such as what type of job the employee had, what …