Country Life in America Volume 7

Country Life in America Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...roof. There was a massive chimney on each side of the house, and on the east end of the dwelling a kitchen lean-to with a tall chimney at its end. The hill below the house was full of springs, and with Quaker thriftiness Kirk determined not to let this good water go to waste. By banking up the earth on the edge of Hempstead harbor for a distance ol seven hundred feet, he made a longv narrow basin where the spring-water collected, and then built a paper-mill on the strip of land between the pond and the harbor. He installed a great overshot water-wheel twenty-five feet in diameter, which reached nearly from the level of the harbor to that of the pond. In 1855 the place was bought by Joseph W. Moulton, author of a history of New York. The first time she saw the house, Mrs. Moulton thought the overspreading roof looked like a big brown hat, and her simile was not half bad; the Moultons added large square pillars, two stories high, in front of the house. This attempt at turning the Dutchroofed dwelling into a Georgian mansion was not very successful, and Bryant tore down the heavy pillars and substituted for them the graceful latticed posts that are seen in the illustrations. Around all four sides of the main portion of the house, except on the east side where the kitchen-wing adjoined, Bryant built a narrow veranda and a second-story balcony above it. The central hall ran the length of the house, two rooms opening upon it from either side. The study was the northwest room. Although damaged by the fire of two or three years ago, which partly destroyed the house, this room has been rebuilt, for the most part along the old lines. The same quaint, pale-blue figured tiling has been used in the The study fireplace at Cedarmere This part of the house was...show more

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  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 830g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236641299
  • 9781236641298