As you read contemporary accounts of everyday life in Victorian-era New England, a few things gradually become clear. 1. Burglary was quite common. 2. Gun ownership was also quite common. Sure, there's a lot of truth that Victorian-era New Englanders spent considerable time riding through snow-covered landscapes on one-horse open sleighs while caroling. (Think Currier…Read more Your great-grandparents really did lock their doors – or should have. . . .