An Unexpected Underground Discovery

Before Martha Zierden and the team from the Charleston Museum started the archaeological dig here, a previous owner told me that privy diggers had been on the property.  The owner from whom she purchased the property in the late 1970s told her that the privy had been “dug” at some point.  I later met the…

Digging Deeper – Hoyt’s Nickel Cologne

This is the first post in an occasional series where will I dig deeper into the history of an artifact found here at the Chancognie House.  I will start with the Hoyt’s Nickel Cologne bottle pictured above. Eli Waite Hoyt was born in Alexandria, NY in 1838 and moved with his parents to Lowell, MA…

Collecting at the Chancognie House

This fall I had the pleasure of attending the Delaware Antiques Show hosted by the Winterthur Museum.  As I visited different booths I was often asked, “What do you collect?”  This is an excellent question as my collecting mission at the Chancognie House is a bit unusual.  I do not focus on collecting one particular…

A Trip Across the Pond

There were many highlights of my trip to London, but one in particular was my visit to Kenwood House.  Located on the edge of Hampstead Heath, it is a striking neoclassical villa that was designed in large part by one of my favorite architects, Robert Adam.  Born in Scotland in 1728, Adam was the son…

A Mysterious Bathing House

For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you have likely seen posts that I have done from the archaeological dig here on the property.  We have found and continue to find a lot of fascinating artifacts, but what you may not know is that the impetus for the dig was not…

My New Old House

When I took up residence at the Chancognie House, I must admit that I did not know much about it other than what was on the historical marker on the wall – Simon Jude Chancognie House, c. 1816.  Only half of that turns out to be correct, but more about that later. In my search…