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Antique Finds for Autumn Lovers

by Lauren Spinelli

Meshing vintage pieces with standard fall flair is a beautiful thing. Pumpkins and patina? YES PLEASE! If you’re looking to add vintage touches to your typical autumn décor, reap inspiration from my latest virtual pickin’ trip. Note: a hot cup of apple cider, pumpkin scone, and that oh-so-perfect sweatshirt are required before reading on.
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She’s a Southern Sparkler: You Should Move to Eufaula, AL!

by Alix Adams (Credit: Lamar via tumblr Kendall Manor)

Welcome to “You Should Move To…”, in which we travel the country scoping out beautiful, under-the-radar old house towns where big charm can be had for little cost. Have a city, town or neighborhood to recommend? Send it along to!
Eufaula sits on the Chattahoochee River in an area once inhabited by three creek tribes, including the Eufaulas. Originally named Irwinton, she took on a new identity in 1842 to end postal confusion stemming from her proximity to Irwinton, Georgia. The town was officially incorporated as Eufaula in 1857 and now has a population of just over 13,000. Visitors come and residents stay for the jaw-dropping antebellum mansions and hospitable southern community.
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OLD HOUSE 101: George Washington and Historic Preservation in the US

by Jon Valalik (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

Hello, and welcome to Old House 101! Today we’re talking about the great influence that George Washington had on Historic Preservation in the United States.
The practice of active historic preservation hasn’t always existed in the United States. By luck or circumstance, we do have a few samples from very early in American history, but it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that organized efforts began to seek out and save structures, monuments, and sites as memorials for important figures and educational tools for later generations. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the most important figures in the foundation of the United States was also, unintentionally, responsible for ushering into favor the idea of saving and showcasing these places.
George Washington left his mark all over the country, and monuments nationwide are a testament to his influence. Two of these sites can largely be credited for introducing the nation to what has now become a long tradition of historic preservation.
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CIRCA School: Ionic Columns

by Jon Valalik (photo by New Jersey City University)

Grab your No. 2 pencils, everyone! It’s time for CIRCA School, where we uncover the fascinating facts behind everyone’s favorite old house details.
The ionic column is one of the most popular among all types of buildings in American architecture. It’s part of the larger Ionic order, which includes several other elements and guidelines, but the column itself, specifically its unique capital, is the most recognizable part.
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October 5th: Peek Inside All of Your Favorite Old Houses for Sale in Delaware!

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

Shopping for an old house in Delaware? Mark your calendars for October 5th from 1-4pm for Delaware State-Wide Historic Open House Day, when scores of old houses for sale across the state will be open to the public! Sigh. I just LOVE when realtors go above and beyond to market old houses. Sophia Bilinsky is one of CIRCA’s star realtors, and she’s organized this fantastic event to show off the first state’s first homes. I’ve pasted the press release below, and you can visit the event website for more information. New York realtors, can you please take the lead and organize something like this so I can house gawk for an afternoon!?

Antique Finds for Victorian Lovers

by Lauren Spinelli

Choo Choo! All aboard the ostentatious train! Get ready to journey back in time as I share my decor picks from the Victorian era. I’m full steam ahead to the period of the five C’s (color, cages, carvings, curved lines and claw feet). Let’s do this!
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Live Like Victorian Royalty in Sylvania, Georgia!

by Leona Jaeger

I don’t think I’ve met a single soul who doesn’t love the idea of a sunny day, a barely-there cool breeze, an icy lemonade (or iced tea or mint julep) and a huge porch on which to sway lazily away in a cozy rocking chair. If you’re one of the souls I just described, then you are going to be swayin’ in porch heaven! Welcome to the Kittles Homes — for sale on CIRCA!
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She’s the Queen City of the Shenandoah: You Should Move to Staunton, VA!

by Alix Adams (Photo courtesy of the Historic Staunton Foundation)

Welcome to “You Should Move To…”, in which we travel the country scoping out beautiful, under-the-radar old house towns where big charm can be had for little cost. Have a city, town or neighborhood to recommend? Send it along to!
Staunton (pronounced Stanton) is tucked into the foothills between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains and named in honor of the lovely wife of a Virginia Governor named Gooch, Lady Rebecca Staunton Gooch. Incorporated as a town of 800 in 1801, she now has a small yet bustling downtown and a population of almost 24,000. Oh, and hey — you should move there!
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The Hermitage: The Nation’s Second-Ever House Museum!

by Taylor Speer-Sims

Join old house-obsessed, Southern transplant Taylor Speer-Sims as she bounces around the heart of Dixie scoping out the biggest & most beautiful Great Southern Estates!
Welcome to the kick-off of my new column, which will take you on a whirlwind tour through some of my favorite big, old houses down here in the South! Being originally from the North, southern houses seem to grasp my romantic imagination perhaps a little bit more than their northern counterparts. Is there, in fact, a type of romanticism surrounding the ideal image of the columned, two-story home set on a hill overlooking acres and acres of farmland? I say: absolutely!
For my first article, I am going to introduce you to The Hermitage, built c. 1835-36. It was formerly the home of President Andrew Jackson, in Hermitage, Tennessee. I work here one day each week, so I get to go behind-the-scenes of the home of one of the most famous Presidents in American history! Interestingly, it was the second house in the Nation to be set-aside as a house museum, after George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Unbelievable, no?
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