About


As a living historian, modest antique collector, and adorer of historical architecture, living in the past is simply part of my everyday.

Residing on Long Island, New York for all my life, I've always felt lucky to be surrounded by such illustrious history. Before I could walk, my mother instilled in me her passion for the past, bringing me to countless historical sites, showering me with classic literature, and raising both my brothers and I with traditional values. By age thirteen, I began volunteering as a historical interpreter at a local museum village, and my love for yesteryear ignited.

A few more growth spurts and two degrees later, I now live east on the island with my boyfriend (and fellow history nerd) Jake, and our three cats in our cozy little home, “Lilac Cottage.” He and I (and to no surprise, my mother) are living historians interpreting both the eras of the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, and share a lifelong dream of owning a historic house one day together.

I invite you to follow along with me as I explore historical places, share old recipes and stories, and live my life to the beat of a simpler time.

Welcome to Bygone Living! 

Have any questions, suggestions, comments? Contact me at erinelizabethgill@gmail.com

14 comments:

  1. hi erin! i send john, kary's husband, a link to your post and he was deeply touched. just thought i would let you know! joyce

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  2. Hi Erin, I love your updated blog, I am really looking foward to reading your posts and seeing the awesome pics you always put up. Your words of what New England means to you is like reading what is in my own heart and soul.
    Your friend,
    Marilena
    P.S. I love the pic of you, you look so pretty!!!

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  3. Hi Erin, love your story! I finally finished my LMS degree!!! If I can help you please let me know! I'm at our cottage in Maine, and just canned 8 jars of tomatoes, 10 the other night after work! Keep in touch!

    Mary

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  4. Hello Erin, My husband I met you this weekend at Another Second Penny Inn. I remembered that you mentioned your blog when we arrived home. Hope you had a safe trip back to LI. We don't have as much snow here as I thought we would in Milford. Enjoy your blog. I subscribe to Susan Branch's blog also and have many of her books. Happy New Year, Patricia

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  5. Patricia, thank you for finding me! If you have a blog or e-mail address, let me know- I'd love to keep in touch! :-)

    Hope you had a great New Year as well!

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  6. If you're looking for a great place to visit next spring, maybe you could hit Plymouth (although you may already have done so). If you need some guidance, check out the Destination Plymouth County (office? store? building? I'm not sure what to call it). My mom works there part time during the spring, summer, and fall.
    Plimoth Plantation has evidently taken up the reins at the former Jenney Grist Mill, and it will likely be a pretty good place to visit. Check out http://www.plimoth.org//mill for more info.
    Thanks again for the great blog!

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    1. In typical New England-centric fashion, I neglected to mention the state: Massachusetts. See? Even after 23 years in NC, I can't get away from my loyalty to MA :-)

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  7. Hi Erin, what a wonderful blog! We live in the UK and visited Boston back in 2007 and loved it. We travelled around as much as we could in the two weeks we were there and loved Cape Cod. One thing that struck us was how friendly everyone was...everyone said hello to us and always acknowledged our 5 yr old son as well. Amazing! Beautiful houses and scenery as well. Look forward to reading through more of your posts! Claire x

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  8. Hi Erin, I love your blog (are you still posting on it?) and we have many things in common. I've been a New England fan since I was 19 and came across its uniqueness in much the same way you did. I'll be checking back here to catch up on what I've missed so far! Paige

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  9. I grew up in New England and miss it every day!! My dream is to come back and live on the vineyard or cape cod. Your blog makes me feel at home!! You know what Susan says: "If you can dream it you can make it happen!" We'll see!! In the meantime, there is your blog!! Thank you for resurrecting childhood memories!!

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  10. Omigoodness, I'm so glad I found your blog! I feel the exact same way about everything you wrote here - kindred spirits. :) Can't wait to dive into your blog (with a cup of tea, of course :)). :)

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    1. Thank you for looking at my blog! Unfortunately, I haven't updated it in quite some time but I do hope you enjoy my past entries. I plan to revive it once I gather the time. Please keep in touch! :)

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  11. love your blog! Are you still posting?

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    1. Thank you, Brooke! I have not updated in over a year, but I do plan on starting again as soon as I find the time. Life is hectic, to say the least. Please keep checking back, and check out my old entries in the mean time! :)

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