Join the author and his late wife Jeri, both history buffs, as they discover their dream house a salt box like those that they fell in love with in Quincy Mass., the adjacent saltbox homes of father and son John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives Abagail or Portia if you will whose words to her husband at the Continental Congress on the cusp of the Declaration of Independence, Remember the Ladies, still rings true almost 250 years later and of course Louisa JQA’s iron. The history of the home reveals itself to Mike and Jeri over decades following a bidding war and then sweat equity and the battle against evil a carbon monoxide fuming Darth Vader like furnace and the the discovery of the home’s history, Jeri’s American Revolution heritage, the Hudson Valley led by the FDR Library and home of Franklin and Eleanor and the outdoors from the AT to the Gunks and engagement in a kind of Camelot led by giant icons of politics, the environmental movement, the Underground Railroad, historical preservation and LGBTQ rights — George Pataki, Hillary Clinton, Pete Seeger, and Mara Farrell. Even Shakespeare theater and minor league baseball and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at Bardavon and the super star performances at Bethel Woods of 1969 Woodstock Concert fame . But like Camelot catastrophe struck but the home endured carrying Mike in this world and Jeri now in the other world joined in eternal love and the endeavor to make this a happy home again thanks to just a little bit of magic and where the words of Cicero are their mantra — all you need in life is a library and a garden and their library rivals that of the Adams' in Quincy and their garden the landscape designers of the Hudson Valley estates from Kykuit to Boscobel.
Wood Like Iron, An American Home
Michael Boyajian, author