It's doubly enjoyable when the old house has family connections. This weekend I had the opportunity to take photographs at the Benjamin Nye Homestead in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Who knew, when I visited the homestead as a child that one day I would live just a few miles away here on Cape Cod, and would be a member of the Nye Family Association Board? I'm descended from Benjamin Nye -- my great-great grandmother Mary Purrington Nye was Benjamin Nye's great-great-great granddaughter. That's a mouthful, right? You can see a picture of Mary Purrington Nye and read more about her and her parents here.
Here are a few images of the homestead and grounds.
Nye cup plates in the window, of course
A chamber pot under every bed
An essential undergarment
A reflection in a wavy mirror
And a great piece of a larger sampler. I like her attitude.
A bonnet at the ready, in case of an outing
And a roaring fire in the bake oven
The house, circa 1680s
The mill, built later
And the marshes, turning gold just as fall arrives
And of course, there's more information on the Nye homestead on the Nye Family of America's website.