Friday, August 26, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy: Smells--Mom's Cedar Chest

Remember hope chests? My mother had one by Lane, I think, once the best-known manufacturer of such furniture. Hers, like so many, was lined with cedar. (Lane still makes cedar chests, I was surprised to learn; see a sedate example at left.)

I still remember the cedar aroma that wafted out of the chest whenever we opened it to remove a wool blanket or an afghan. In my memory, special seasonal treasures were kept in the cedar chest, brought out only a few times a year when needed and kept safe from moths in the chest when unused.

My twin sister inherited the chest and kept her afghans and blankets there, too. Afghans especially are prized in our family because they're one of a kind, handmade by someone with love and care. So that's what the cedar smell dredges up from my memory when winter rolls around and we need an afghan from the chest!


This is week #34 in Amy Coffin's yearlong series, 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History.


  1. Cedar is a favorite "smell" memory for me as well. My grandmother has one, my mother has one and I was given one when I was young. I didn't take great care of mine when I was 8, but I still very much love it. Mine is a Lane, too. Thanks for the reminder of such a wonderful smell!

  2. Heather, thanks for sharing your memory! And I'm happy to hear cedar chests are still around :)