H. P. Lovecraft’s Summer Home

H. P. Lovecraft’s Summer Home

I read Lovecraft at an impressionably young age, so when I first began working in Salem at the former Essex Institute, now the Peabody Essex Museum, where Charles Dexter Ward was, “very kindly received,” I recognized not just names and places from the...
The Quotable Swashbuckler: 12 Telling Lines

The Quotable Swashbuckler: 12 Telling Lines

Reposted from the Barnes & Noble Book Blog: Few first lines in fiction herald as much sheer storytelling delight as: “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.” ―Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche Or promise as much adventure in so few...

Sarah Ward’s Batavia Tea Pot

I wrote a scene in The Rebel Pirate where Angela Ferrers pours Sarah Ward tea out of a brown glazed pot that once belonged to the Wards. I started my museum career as an intern in the departments of Early American Architecture and Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex...
Sarah Ward’s House

Sarah Ward’s House

Sarah Ward’s house in The Rebel Pirate was modeled on several different Salem structures, but the exterior most resembles the  1727 Crowninshield Bentley House at the Peabody Essex Museum. It’s a typical modest Salem Georgian, with five bays of windows, a...
Chevaux-de-frise from Fort Mifflin!

Chevaux-de-frise from Fort Mifflin!

No idea how I missed this! Members of a yacht club dredged up this chevaux-de-frise from Fort Mifflin last year. There’s an unlabeled one in a shed at the Red Bank Battlefield Park, but it sounds like this example is better preserved. Read the full story here....