On Nov. 11, the Newington Historical Society held its annual Open Hearth and Spinning Demonstration in the Kelsey House, a historic treasure that almost got away.
In the living room, docent Eileen Cormier was pleased to show visitors why.
"The house was saved because of these four murals," said Cormier.
That and the ingenuity of the town historian, who had read about the original artwork in a 1920-era report. The home, which was then located in the southwestern section of town, was in the way of a bridge construction project.
"The house was already boarded up and ready to be demolished, but she gained permission to come into the house," said...