On the Market: Weston colonial offers ‘beauty in every season’

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WESTON — The owners of the gray colonial house at 9 Little Fox Lane, in Lower Weston, have appreciated the beauty of their natural surroundings in every season, but never more than this time of year when summer leaves of green transform into fall foliage ablaze in various shades of red, orange and yellow.

They have also appreciated the convenience of their home’s location, only two minutes from the public library, town offices and award-winning public schools in Weston center and about 10 minutes from neighboring Westport. Yet they experience “the peaceful feel of being far away in the country somewhere surrounded by majestic trees and dappled greenery everywhere … There is much beauty in every season of the year.”


This property of just over two acres is adorned in attractive professional landscaping, including garden paths, specimen trees, manicured shrubbery, stone walls and English gardens.



“We did extensive stone work and landscaping over the years,” one owner said. The gardens are very well cared for and some have suggested to the owners that those gardens are magazine publication-worthy. “Even the shed is enchanting,” they said.


The visual beauty of the property, which is visible from every window in every part of the house, is enhanced by the serenade from songbirds.

The owners have the added benefit of proximity to the Lucius Pond Ordway Devil’s Den Nature Preserve and its miles of hiking trails. At 1,756 acres, it is the Nature Conservancy’s largest preserve in Connecticut. Sadly, Devil’s Den remains closed for the time being but when it re-opens it will provide this home’s next family with untold hours of hiking, bird watching, and nature appreciation. This 10-room house is also within walking distance of the municipal Bisceglie Park.


The house was built in 1961 and has been meticulously maintained over the years.

“We have had, by and large, the same service providers over 25 years (for fuel delivery, landscaping, tree maintenance and snow plowing),” one owner said.


ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 9 Little Fox Lane, Weston

PRICE: $650,000

ROOMS: 10

FEATURES: 2.03-acre level, sloping, and wooded property, patio, garden paths, professional landscaping, sprinkler system, specimen trees, English gardens, exterior lighting, heated porch, special electrical line for charging battery-operated car, propane-fired backup generator; only two minutes to

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Exploring the Jewelry of Colonial America

With Thanksgiving a few weeks away, we thought it was a good time to go back in time and explore the jewelry styles that were popular with our founding fathers and mothers. Although the pilgrims were stark and austere, by the 18th century colonial America had become adorned. So pull up a wooden chair, sit down with a cup of hot tea and enjoy some tales of jewelry in early America.

Recorded History Begins with the Newspaper

How do we know what our early American ancestors wore? Portraits of well-to-do citizens and their families that have survived the ages are one source. But we get much of our historical information from colonial newspapers. In 1704, the British government allowed the publication of The Boston News-Letter, which became the first continually published newspaper in America.

Like today’s papers, colonial papers carried many advertisements related to jewelry, from sales ads by goldsmiths and silversmiths to lost and found and stolen property ads by citizens. The papers that survived from that time provide an interesting and accurate account of what Americans bought, wore, lost and stole. Gold and silver jewelry, precious and semiprecious stones, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, topaz, garnets were highly prized by the colonists – and for the same reasons today: an appreciation of its beauty, the collection of wealth and the appearance of status and social standing in the community.

What They Bought, Wore and Stole

Based on sales, lost and found and stolen property ads from various colonial newspapers, the jewelry that was popular includes silver snuff and tobacco boxes with mother of pearl lids, gold and silver sleeve buttons, brooches with detailed portraits set with gemstones, elaborate silver hilted swords, garnet and crystal three-drop earrings, coral necklaces, silver and gold watches, gold heart lockets set with garnets, and, of course, gold and silver belt buckles. An ornate belt buckle was an essential fashion piece to complete a well-dressed look.

A Blending of Cultures

Colonial jewelry came from various sources, and the result was a melting pot of the cultures convening in the colonies. The Native American Indian tribes were known for their intricate beadwork. They would stitch together thousands of beads made of carved bone and wood, ground coral, shell, turquoise and copper.

Spanish silversmiths and goldsmiths helped introduce that style of metalwork in jewelry, and silver and gold earrings, necklaces, belt and shoe buckles became popular. As more European settlers arrived, the jewelry “shops” of the day became more diverse, offering a cornucopia of gems and one-of-a-kind pieces made and found throughout the colonies, Europe and South America.

Where It Can Be Seen Today

While many colonial era jewelry pieces have been lost to age, war and attrition, there are several museums with impressive collections. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a 19th century American jewelry exhibit. Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Collections and Conservation Building houses a small but precious sampling of 18th and 19th century jewelry. Visit Colonial Williamsburg online – their website has an online clothing …

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