New England Rockers have been a tradition as old as the United States. In fact, rocking chairs have a uniquely American vintage. Their popularity peaked in the middle of the 18th century, and originated from chairs in England with rollers on them. Though certain individual styles are named for either their style or area of origin (such as the England’s Windsor Rocker, the Boston Rocker, and the German-made Bentwood rocker), the concept of the rocking chair gained unique popularity in the United States, where they became synonymous with finely wrought craftsmanship and a form of relaxation that some consider therapeutic.
New England Porch Rockers started as a caning businesses; however, when the owner, Jeanne, recognized a shortage of those capable of traditional chair caning, design, and craftsmanship, she started New England Porch Rockers in 2000. Since then, she has worked with customers all over New England and even overseas to design and craft the perfect chair.
Nearly two decades later, Jeanne continues to derive inspiration from memories of her grandmother’s New Hampshire farm, whose wraparound porch was lined with traditional rocking chairs worthy of the good company they invited.