Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house
Inside Artifacts
We have uncovered a number of artifacts inside the house from over the years as well. These artifacts also help tell the story of the house's history and former occupants.



When we bought the house, we noticed there were some very old dry-rotted window shades in the living room. At first we didn't pay them any mind, thinking they were just some of the many items to be consigned to the dumpster. When we went to finally take them down, we noticed just how old they were after one of them literally crumbled in our hands. Underneath, the shade had been attached to an old wooden roller. We took the rest down and noticed the label was still intact on a couple of the rollers. The rollers had been made by Hartshorn (which was the company that invented the self-rolling shade) and the labels had patent dates ranging from 1867 through 1901 on them.



Through some research, we were able to learn that these particular shade rollers were circa 1915, dating them to around the same time the house was constructed. These may have been the original living room window shades. If not, the house couldn't have been more than a year or two old when they were installed. We kept the rollers that were in good condition as a testimony to their quality. How many window shades last for 95 years?



Next is an old box we found in the garage. The style of the label makes us think it probably dates to the 1930s. Mr. Hilliard, one of the previous residents of our house, was a pharmacist. This was probably a box he brought home from his place of business.

As more items are photographed, we'll be adding them to this page, so be sure to check back!