Jan and John Maggs Antiques
THE RESTORATION OF JABEZ NEWHALL’S TAVERN
CHAPTER 12 -- GARDEN AND FRONT DOOR -- p. 1
Once the exterior was tight and we were safe from the weather, it was time to restore the house's facade. Our plan called for a fenced perennial garden and a flat-top Connecticut Valley doorway. After we had removed all of the period clapboards from the front of the house, we could see the outline of a double doorway. As sketchy as this evidence was, the framing of the front doorway and the fact that the door was surrounded by nineteenth century clapboards, showing that the entry had been tampered with more than once, led us to conclude that the house had such a doorway in the 18th century. We set out on a search for a suitable replacement.
With the aid of Amelia Miller's Connecticut Valley Doorways we decided to adapt one of the doorways of the John Williams house in Deerfield, now a Deerfield Academy building. Aware of Conway's remoteness at the end of the eighteenth century, we decided to create a more simple flat-top design.