Category Archives: History

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

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Your friends at Old World Stoneworks want to cheer you up with not one, but TWO special promotions this month. Take advantage of 10% off all of our beautiful cast stone fireplace mantels AND 10% off our exquisite range hoods through September 30, 2017. Continue reading

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

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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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Places behind the names: Majorca

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What kind of images does Spain conjure up in your head? Warmth, a relaxed pace, late-night feasts? And what about an island off Spain? We picture even more relaxation and luxury, lots of sun and beaches. Continue reading

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Good Friday and Easter History and Mantel Décor

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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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New Year’s Resolutions for Hearth and Home

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Did you know the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates all the way back to the ancient Babylonians? According to the History Channel website, their promises centered on repaying debts and returning borrowed objects. Commendable, indeed. Continue reading

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Christmas Stocking Tradition

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At Old World Stoneworks, hanging stockings on the fireplace is our favorite Christmas tradition. As fireplace fanatics, we endorse any tradition that brings more attention to what we consider the best feature of any room. Continue reading

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Fire and Winter Solstice Traditions

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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

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Father’s Day Mantel Decorations

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We at Old World Stoneworks want to wish all you dads out there a Happy Father’s Day. We know how important you are to your children, whether they’re babies, toddlers, teens or all grown up.

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Memorial Day Mantel Décor

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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

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Presidents’ Day Fireplace Facts

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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

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