06:15PM | 05/04/02
Member Since: 05/03/02
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I am buying a colonial New England home built in 1858. The house is white with black trim. I read a few years back that during the time of colonial and civil war period that there was great significance placed upon what color the front door was. Can anyone point me to a resource for this information? I have been unsuccessful in relocating the material I read several years ago.


03:32AM | 05/05/02
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12:54AM | 05/07/02
Member Since: 05/03/02
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Thanks Padmaster-
The information regarding architectural styles is interesting and infomrative, but I could not find anything related to the specifics of my question about the color of front doors in Early American period. I am still researching and finding NOTHING at all about this topic!

Jim D

12:45AM | 05/09/02
Member Since: 01/06/01
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GTC - hi, I posed your question to an Air Force reserve officer I work with who's also a professor of history at the University of VA at Charlottesville. He did his doctoral thesis on a Civil War topic and he's a regional expert on that era.

He told me he's personally never heard anything about the color of the doors from that era having any significance. He did say there's a place called Winterthur Museum near Wilmington, DE, that's owned by the DuPonts. Supposedly, they've gathered unique and interesting architectural designs, reassembled the items in the museum, and have done things like chipped off the many layers of paint to analyze them.

Yahoo provided the following info on the place: Winterthur Museum/Garden/Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735, (302) 888-4600. You might give them a call and see if they have anything in their library holdings. I hope this is helpful to you - have a great day!

Jim D/Heathsville, VA (and active duty Air Force member - 28 years and 2 to go!)


04:55AM | 05/09/02
Member Since: 05/03/02
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Hi Jim,

Wow, you really DID provide some helpful info and put the shoeleather to work to help. THANKS! I will follow up on your lead, this is good info.
Nice to see the light at the end of Uncle Sam's tunnel, eh? 28 years is a long long by all means and one I applaud you for. As if 20 weren't enough! Wow- the USAF must have taken very good care of you to keep you for so many years. For me, I spemd a bunch of weekends and other time with the Army National Guard here in California. I won't be in to see retirement for a variety of reasons, including orthopedic health (its hard to get old in the army unless nobody KNOWS you are getting old!) We are relocating to the house in Connecticut next year so that will be a good time to untie the knot with our Uncle.
Best of all things as you continue to march, my friend! George



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