We do sometimes mock the colonials a little for being over awed by anything older than their settling in the Americas, and their tendency to forget that things were created prior to then, and in some cases still exist to this day. This chap however was a gem, he genuinely believed I was taking advantage of his American nativity and pulling his leg about standing parts of the building dating back that far.
Once I gave them the audio tour wands, he handed his directly to his wife and told me conspiratorially “She’ll listen to the whole damn thing, but I’m just going to get some great pictures of her looking like lady of the house.” As Staircase House is full of replica furniture and is wholly hands on, he was very happy to have “Gotten a snap of her pouring tea like a real English lady.” :D
(please don't turn this by having a crack at me about my understanding and perceptions of Americans and their history. I know some very bright and great Americans. I have also met some real doozies. Likewise, us Brits can be astonishingly dumb sometimes!)
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