Category Archives: History

We walk through history to find inspiration, ideas, and uncover new stories.

presidents day

Presidents’ Day Fireplace Facts

Presidents’ Day turns our thoughts towards patriotism – and where it intersects with fireplaces, of course.

This annual holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in February and originally began in 1885 to honor George Washington (his birthday was February 22), but now commemorates all American presidents. Continue reading


Summer travel: historic homes you can visit this summer to inspire you in fixing up your older house

This time of year turns our thoughts to travel. And when we travel, one of our favorite things to do is tour historic homes. A home tour never fails to inspire us with new décor ideas. If your tastes run toward the historic, here are five old homes guaranteed to make you want to work on yours. Continue reading

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Good Friday and Easter History and Mantel Décor

At Old World Stoneworks, we love to celebrate Easter, and we know that our customers do, too. For Christians, it’s one of the most important days of the year. But no matter your religion, it’s a day that tells us spring is here, flowers are blooming (or will be soon, depending where you live) and it’s time for a new start. What could be a better reason than that to decorate the mantel? But first, a little context on the history of the Easter season. Continue reading

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Fire and Winter Solstice Traditions

It’s no surprise that winter solstice traditions would involve fire – after all, this is the shortest day of the year and needs some brightening up. At Old World Stoneworks, we love to celebrate any excuse to have a roaring fire and light candles.

This week, we’re going to look at our favorite solstice tradition that goes way back: the Yule log. Continue reading

memorial day

Memorial Day Mantel Décor

While nowadays Memorial Day is often marked with a barbecue and sleeping in, it has a very solemn history. On May 5, 1868, General John Logan designated May 30 Decoration Day, a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. That first year, five thousand people showed up to decorate twenty thousand graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue reading