The Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers in England and America (1620-1685)

The Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers in England and America (1620-1685)

The Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers in England and America (1620-1685)

The Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers in England and America (1620-1685)

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New England contains a number of charming wooden houses erected during the seventeenth century by the early colonists. Many of these buildings have perished, but now the survivors are more jealously guarded; and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, founded in 1910, is leading a movement which is likely to save most of those remaining. Many books have been published, illustrating and describing these humble dwellings, so that it is now common knowledge that they form a precious relic of the beginnings of American colonial history.

But hitherto no attempt seems to have been made to link these picturesque timber-framed houses with their predecessors, contemporaries, and counterparts in the districts of Englandfrom which the colonists came; to consider whether Holland, the refuge of the exiles before they became Pilgrims to the New World, had any share in dictating the form and construction . . .

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