William & Mary College and Kit Homes

Recently, I was on the William and Mary College campus doing research on Penniman, Virginia. (You can read more about that here.) As part of the research, I was reading through the early 1920s college yearbooks and happened upon an interesting photo in the 1922...

The Sears Elmhurst, Part II

Recently, Rachel Shoemaker was looking through a Sears Modern Homes catalog (1930) when she discovered a testimonial for a Sears Elmhurst built in Flushing, New York. She then did some extra digging and was able to glean the home’s current address. In fact,...

Staunton, Virginia: More Amazing Finds

A couple days ago (May 1st),  I returned to Staunton to do a little more research on the kit homes in the city (in preparation for my talk on May 2nd), and this time, I was driven around by Frank Strassler, head of the Historic Staunton Foundation. It’s a lot...