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My recent stay at a bed and breakfast in Brattleboro, Vermont, gave me a taste of what life was like for New England’s fashionable society of the 1800s. The Italianate Victorian B and B, built in 1868, has been carefully restored to look as it did when a mill owner gave it to his son as a wedding gift. The home has been decorated with antique chandeliers, oversized cedar chests, sepia-toned family photos, and heirloom table runners.
During my introduction to the genteel way of life for well-to-do Vermonters of that era, I was pleased to see how the charming replicas of the past were coupled with the safety features of the present. The well-maintained gas fireplaces, battery operated candles, and smoke alarms on each floor, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom, helped to make my stay memorable and comfortable.
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