Thursday Doors – New England Reds

Whenever I visit New England, the place I grew up, my eye is caught by the reds of church doors, barns, old mill factories, covered bridges, colonial homes, and brick-sided buildings.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, farmers looking to shield their barn’s wood from the elements created a cheap and easy-to-make paint recipe consisting of linseed oil, milk, lime, and red iron oxide that formed a rusty red-colored mixture. It is thought that these same farmers used the leftover red paint on their church doors. Red paint spread in popularity in New England due to its functionality and convenience, becoming an American tradition that continues to this day.

Here’s a few Throwback Thursday Doors and historic buildings from my past visits to New England.

New Hartford Church Red Door Final
Episcopal Church – New Hartford, CT
Collinsville Church Red Door Final
Congregational Church – Collinsville, CT
Riverton Red Door
Hitchcock Fine Furniture Store – Riverton, CT
Mystic Red Door 2
Fun Retail Door – Mystic, CT
Historic Ensign Bickford Building - Avon CT LR
Historic Ensign Bickford Building – Avon, CT
Bygone Wandering Moose Cafe - West Cornwall CT LR
Bygone Wandering Moose Cafe – Cornwall, CT


Norman Rockwell House - Stockbridge MA LR
Norman Rockwell House – Stockbridge, MA


Collinsville Axe Factory
Collinsville Axe Factory – Collinsville, CT

Inspiration: Thursday Doors