Object of the Week: Highlighting the LCHA Collections

A Child’s Chair Household furnishings in the rural New England homes of the 18th and early 19th centuries were rather sparse due to either space or the means to purchase multiple pieces.  Often, some pieces of furniture show signs of use that seem perplexing to us today until we understand their use in context of the time period. In the …

Object of the Week: Highlighting the LCHA Collections

Abram Tarr Gamage In the Chapman-Hall House collections are buttons and other insignia honoring the Civil War service of Abram Gamage.  A small thing, such as a button, can lead to a bigger piece of history. Abram was born on November 1, 1838 in Bristol, Maine.  His buttons embossed with GAR acknowledged Abram as a member of the Grand Army …

Object of the Week: Highlighting the LCHA Collections

Gridiron: It may not be on TV, but we have it! There may not be gridiron football, but we have the original from which the game-with-a-ball got its name. The cooking implement is used to grill meat over coals on the hearth. It can be turned to ensure even cooking. Ours is a top of the line version, and they …