Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A Home for the Ages
Our latest whirlwind trip to DC left us only a couple of hours to wander the Smithsonian National History museum,so serendipity would have to rule. We wound up spending the most time at a longstanding exhibit displaying the the largest single object in the museum.
The two-and-a-half story Georgian style Colonial home that once stood proudly at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts is now the centerpiece of the groundbreaking exhibition called Within These Walls. Within the structure of this timber-framed home, professionally displayed for visitors interested in the architecture, lies the stories of five families from the wealthy Choate family of early colony days to the widow Mary Scott. We didn't find out until our return home that the the massive project, which included dismantling and reassembling the massive house from the ground up, was sponsored by our own National Association of Realtors.