After we moved to our house in Clarendon in 1977 we started getting interested in sleighs and sleds. Our first horse drawn sleigh was painted red and stenciled.
I think it's important for people to know the history of items, where they came from and how they came to be. I've found a niche that has opened up a new world and helped enhance my love of gardening.
We've found old newspaper articles that mention sleds and when we do our speaking programs we ask individuals who attend whether they have any diaries from family members that might mention sledding. People mail us information from old diary passages that mention sledding parties.
Many of the cabinet cards are from the 1890s and when I look for them I try to find cards that show the children in their period clothing.