Some Colonial Homesteads; And Their Stories

Some Colonial Homesteads; And Their Stories

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...but nobody knows of what members of the family. Figures of graces playing upon musical instruments, strutting roosters, and divers sorts of flowers and fruits, make up a pleasing collection of subjects, albeit incongruous. The wooden mantel is hand-carved and supported by a fluted pillar at each end. Across the hall is the diningroom. The oak wainscoting has been removed from the sides and from one end. At the upper end it has been retained and is ornamented by a medallion portrait of Washington. However wild may have been the dreams of the original as he sat at meat in the long room with his courtly host, they certainly did not comprise the possibility that the manorial banquet-hall would ever boast of his likeness as the chief adornment. Above the dining-room is the Common Council Chamber of the city of Yonkers. The partitions of five bedrooms were removed to give the required length to the official quarters. The oaken beams taken out in the alteration were converted into desks and seats for the use of the councilmen. "And many a saw and plane were broken on the seasoned wood," says the intelligent janitor who shows the building. "It was almost as hard as iron." In a corner lies an unexploded shell, fired from an English vessel and dug up in the grounds of the Manor-House several years ago. Above the fine mantel of the large front-room in the second story are carved the three feathers that have been the coat-of-arms of the Prince of Wales since the blind old King of Bohemia left his crest with his dead body upon the field of Crecy. On both sides of the mantel-mirror run exquisite carvings in wood of vines, grapes, pomegranates, flowers, and birds. The cornice of the room, like that of the drawing-room, is of wood and...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236540514
  • 9781236540515