Dating minton plates
I never took a photo of the house as it was originally furnished because so many things were damaged and so dirty I wasn't comfortable handling them, so I never set them up, but I do have old photos of how it looked with Gretchen's furnishings.
It took me the better part of a week to clean the interior and the furnishings that could be saved.
All the acetate windows and the lace curtains were brown from exposure to smoke.
The day after Christmas, my husband and I drove up to Sturbridge, Massachusetts for dinner at the Publick House and the next day we journeyed on to her son's house outside Worcester.
The house was still completely furnished but had been much jostled since its move from Gretchen's last home in New Canaan, CT.
Many of my houses are displayed in one room where I painted a Rufus Porter-style mural around three sides of the room.
One wall is copied from the mural that appears in the Tynietoy mansion while the other walls feature scenes from the Delaware Valley landscape, where I live with my husband and troublesome cat on the north side of the Musconetcong Mountain.