|The New Yankee Workshop Online: Martha's Candlestand|
David: To see Martha Washington's bedroom, you'll have to talk to the Ladies of Mount Vernon, who look after the first President's mansion near the Potomac River. Although not officially on the tour of Mount Vernon, the Ladies agree to take Norm to parts of the old house that the public rarely sees. In one such room, the third floor bedroom that Martha took after George died, Norm comes across a handsome candlestand that sits near the bed. Upon further inspection, he discovers that it is a diminutive, wellcrafted stand complete with a wooden "birdcage" element that allows the tabletop to rotate and flip up for storage. Before he leaves Mount Vernon, Norm works with a sawyer of historic wood, William Jewell, to obtain some cherry (what else?) harvested from one of the estate's fallen trees.