Pictured above: Mr. & Mrs. Spencer Miller and Spencer Miller, Jr. 1895

There is a charm in finding an old photograph; in seeing an image of a place you know, but taken when it was a hundred years younger. The trees are smaller, the neighboring buildings are different, and of course the people in the photo are wearing the clothes of a past time.

Recently I was going through some boxes of old papers at the Strong House, and I found this print of a family group in the front yard, taken in 1895, when the house was still a private residence…