Time-traveling couple with 'historical coop' in New Hampshire!

By countryladyNH · May 24, 2016 · Updated Jun 8, 2016 · ·
  1. countryladyNH
    Hi! We live in NEW HAMPSHIRE~

    We are historical reenactors living in a little 240 yr. old house that has been a DIY labor of love to restore for over 17 years. We JUST got chickens for the first time---4 English buff orpingtons, and put up a coop. Always on a tight budget, we do pretty much everything ourselves and have a lot of fun working on our various projects! We had just finished building our own fence of trees we cut down, and had 'tricked out' our purchased coop with period style hardware, 'leaded' windows we did ourselves, and a few other things such as swing-out branch perches we designed and built from tree branches we cut. Now the coop area blends in nicely with our old New Hampshire house.
    My husband thought our fence was reminiscent of the stockade fences at Plimoth Plantation or Jamestown, etc., We had a salvaged-for-free piece of highly-weathered 18thc. board, and a 17thc. 'Brit' flag---since we do that type of reenacting. Hubby has a degree in illustration and design, and is creative and quirky. He said the fence reminded him of an "old fort"...SO...what did we do???
    Well, created one, of course! We made our flag pole from a tree we cut down, and hubby hand-painted 'FORT ORPINGTON' in a 17thc. font on the old board, which we affixed to the fence around our coop and run! We think it looks just grand with our 18th century home and fits with the old-time lifestyle we live---(Yes, that is us in the avatar photo, and below in this post!)

    *** JUNE 6---THANK YOU TO BYC for putting our coop photos on FACEBOOK. We are not Facebook members, but someone left a comment saying our coop was too close to the house and what about rodents and pests. In the first place, that is NOT THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE; it is the large, original attached post and beam woodshed. In the second place, I clean our coop/run every single day.











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  1. Anonymous
    "Beautifully Done"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    I love how you've tied the coop into the period of the house. I would have loved pictures of the build in process, especially for the leaded windows (they look great btw).


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  1. N F C
    It's nice how you made the chicken area match the style of the house (that's a great fence)!
  2. countryladyNH
    Hi Boatman,
    Thanks so much!!! You sure made our day!
    Don't fear the jealous folks out there. I think this series of photos is a winner. The chickens, the house and outbuildings and the coop. The clothing of the times, just awesome !!!
  4. TwoCrows
    Beautiful!! -)
  5. Mountain Peeps
    Oh ma goodness, I love it!!!! <3
  6. pjnbill22
  7. countryladyNH
    Thanks so much to all of you! Hubby and I sure do appreciate all the nice comments!
  8. EggSighted4Life
    Very cute, I love the fence. Congratulations on your anniversary! Thanks for sharing.
  9. HopieGirl4Ever
  10. sunflour
    Amazing, I love every detail. And you have a lovely flock. Thanks for sharing.
  11. mustangrooster
    Love it! Its a very fashionable chook house. Your girls are lucky!
  12. sumi
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  13. Tongy
    Love it!
  14. countryladyNH
  15. User395221
    Love the Fort and your outfits, just fabulous. :)
  16. Whittni
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  18. countryladyNH
    Thank you so much to everyone for such nice compliments!
  19. countryladyNH
    To ClearSkye~ Awww....thank you so much! We actually were married in an 18thc. wedding and spent our honeymoon at Colonial Williamsburg in 18thc. clothing the whole time!
    Our 9th anniversary is this Friday!
  20. ClearSkye
    I love this, and living right next to Historical Williamsburg I can say you nailed it.
  21. BantyChooks

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