Some people view history as something that happened a long time ago that have no barring on them. Others view it as building blocks that got every person and thing to where it is today. Regardless of what your stance is we found this article on Our Founding Fathers’ homes and how they are being preserved. He hope you’ll enjoy the article as much as we did!
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Americans are proud to celebrate the freedom won by the country’s founding fathers during the Revolutionary War.
When these men weren’t out fighting wars or helping to found a country, they enjoyed time at home with their families, according to www.constitutionfacts.com. In fact, many of them designed and ran their family’s estates, where they could retreat from the chaos of Colonial times.
Today, these homes are popular tourist destinations, drawing crowds from all over the world interested in learning how America’s original leaders lived. In fact, many of these homes would not be the living history symbols they are today without extensive restoration work. Scroll through for five of the most iconic.
Craven Street House
From 1757 to 1775, renowned statesman Ben Franklin lived in an elegant four-story Georgian at No. 36 Craven Street in London during his time as an ambassador for the American colonies. In late 1998, a restoration group began to convert the dilapidated building into a museum to honor Franklin, whose Philadelphia residence had been razed in 1812 to make way for new construction.
The restoration unearthed some interesting artifacts in a small pit in a windowless basement room: Workers found more than 1,200 pieces of human bones–the remains of 10 bodies that were a little more than 200 years old, which meant they may have been buried around the same time that Franklin was living in the house.
The findings raised questions as to Franklin’s role in the mass burial site but a study of the bones revealed that some of them had been sawed through, nicked with a scalpel, and even drilled into, pointing to anatomical study—not murder. Historians theorize that William Hewson, a tenant in the building, surreptitiously dissected dead bodies there in a makeshift lab, according to Mental Floss magazine’s web site. The study of anatomy was still in its infancy and social mores frowned upon dissection.
James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, grew up on a 2,700-acre plantation near Orange, Va., called Montpelier. He also lived here later with his wife, Dolley.
The wealthy and famous duPont family purchased Montpelier in 1900 and turned it into a 55-room luxury mansion. Daughter Marion duPont Scott lived here for much of her life and wanted to leave Montpelier to the nation. So after her death in 1983, heirs transferred their interests to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In one of the most ambitious residential restoration projects of modern times, the house underwent a top-to-bottom restoration in 2003 that cost $24 million, most of it funded by the estate of philanthropist Paul Mellon.
“This was the most careful scholarly restoration of an American property of the last 50 years—and it will be for the next 50 years,” historian Calder Loth told Preservation magazine.
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