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Catalog Number H2008.0111.0002
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Black and white photograph depicting the interior of the Jewett Homestead on Gilford Avenue in 1936.

Four women are dressed in Colonial style costumes and drink tea. Abbie Jewett Austin is seated at center pouring tea into a teacup. She sits at a white tablecloth-covered center table with white ceramic tea service with gilded trim. The teapots (2) are silver. A large tapestry rug lies on the floor at center. Queen Anne and Chippendale chairs line the back wall as does a hand-painted tall case clock. Shelves at back display books, tea caddy, candlesticks, and photographs. The shelving unit is suspended by wire from a pegrail. The fireplace mandle at left displays a deer's head, rifle with bayonnette, horseshoe, pewter dishes, tin lantern, woodenware box with straight nailed seam, ceramic pot, and metal container. Andirons and cast iron kettle are seen on the floor inside of the fireplace. In the forground at left is a child's ladderback chair with bulbous finials and large dressed doll. The walls are covered in small repeats of tree covered landscapes. A border at top has a larger tree/landscape print. The ceiling shows wires for electrification and a central heating grate.

Written on back "Interior of Jewett Homestead. This old housestead is the oldeset house in what is now the city of Laconia. It was built in the year 1780, 156 years ago. Here we see the hold fireplace and at its right is the old brick oven. The old musket above the fireplace was carried during the Revolutionary War, by Jacob Jewett, the building of the house. On the tea table is an old cloth once owned by Mesheck Weare, the first governor of New Hampshire, and used when General Washington and General Lafayette were guests in his house. The chiar used by Mrs. Austin was also used by General Washington in the Governor Weare house. Mrs. Abby Jewett Austin, the present owner and occupant of the house is seated at the tea table pouring tea for Miss Janet Cove, Miss Patricia Gibson, and Miss Nancy Tilton, all of Laconia."
Photographer Canning
Collection Jewett Collection
Earliest Date 1936
Latest Date 1936
Place Gilford Avenue
History of Ownership probably donated by Theo Jewett
Mary Jewett Orton in January of 2012 confirmed that the musket featured in this photograph belonged to Samuel Jewett, not Jacob Jewett as indicated in the writing on the back of the photograph.
Studio Laconia, NH
Repository from the collection of Laconia Historical & Museum Society, Inc.
People Jewett, Abbie
Austin, Abby Jewett
Cove, Janet
Gibson, Patricia
Tilton, Nancy
Search Terms Gilford Avenue
Subjects 1700s
Architectural elements
Historic buildings
Historic preservation
Historic sites
Family trees
Clothing & dress
Colonial Revival Style
Colonial Revivalism
Tea parties
Food service
Clocks & watches
Floor coverings