Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th-Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House, by Paula Bennett
For all who love old houses and their preservation, history, architecture, archaeology, antiquing, decorating, or cooking, this is an event you don't want to miss.
Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th-Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House is Paula Bennett's warm personal account of living in a historic New England Georgian home and of the Goodwin family who owned the property for over 200 years .Beautifully illustrated and rich in the local and national history of 18th-century America, Imagining Ichabod includes depictions of daily life, adapted historic recipes, county records, inventories and even a military diary And there is fascinating detail on 18th-century cooking ingredients, fabric, paint, and antiques discovered from a present-day archeological excavation right at the site.
"This fascinating memoir will delight all who have a love of old houses and their preservation and a desire to re-create the atmosphere and experience of living in one. Color photographs of the interior and exterior of the home, plus other photos of documents and prepared 18th-century foods, highlight the text. Bennett has included acknowledgments and sources with thoughtful personal notes along with the extensive notes, bibliography, and index. This short memoir will perhaps inspire others to "live a life somewhat removed from the 'modern' world of today." (Maine Antique Digest)
Paula Bennett taught in public and private schools for over twenty years while serving on boards to support community arts programs. Both Paula and her husband, Harvey, have been avid environmentalists and locavores since the early 1970s when they began to raise chickens, garden, and make their own wine. In 1994, she joined her husband's family business, Matthew Bennett International, a philatelic auction house. Since moving to South Berwick, Paula has been actively involved in the local community, establishing connections with the various historic organizations in the region, including Historic New England. Paula is the former program chairman of the Old Berwick Historical Society (OBHS) and continues to conduct house tours for the society. She and her husband also give tours of their General Goodwin home for other organizations such as the Warner House and the York County schools.