Red House

Red House

Being A Mostly Accurate Account of New England's Oldest Continuously Lived-in House

Book - 2004
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What would it be like to grow up in a home suffused with three hundred years of another family’s history? When Sarah Messer’s parents impulsively purchased Red House from Richard Warren Hatch, the great-great-great-great-great grandson of the original owner, Walter Hatch, they acquired much more than a lovingly preserved colonial home. The house contained Hatch family journals, letters, and daguerreotypes, and Walter Hatch’s last will and testament, which stated that the house was to be passed down “forever from generation to generation to the world’s end never to be sold or mortgaged from my children and grandchildren forever.”With a poet’s eye for clever detail and an ear for the rhythm of place and language, Red Houseis a real work of living history, a story of America from its wild beginnings in colonial New England through nine generations of the Hatch family. Based on an award-winning article Messer wrote for Yankee Magazineabout Red House, this is a book for those of us who love old houses, colonial history, and beautifully written family stories.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2004
ISBN: 9780670033157
Branch Call Number: 974.482 M584r 2004
Characteristics: x, 390 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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multcolib_tamaf Mar 13, 2014

It'd be so cool to live in a beautifully preserved colonial home. Would you feel the same if you found the original owner's last will and testament stating that the house was to be passed down "forever the world's end, never to be sold or mortgaged from my children and grandch... Read More »

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