FIRST FLOOR | SECOND FLOOR
Entering the front of the house, you will enter through the original vestibule with an antique hall tree with seat and places to hang hats and coats and leave boots in the winter, though snow is often short-lived here. It also has an Arabian mosaic floor with a pattern that replicates a Victorian appearance.
Then you enter the stair hall, otherwise known as the entrance hall or grand hall, facing the grand stairway. The crystal chandelier is historic to ca. 1929 when the house was electrified.
To the left of the stairs is the office door. To the right is the hallway to the back of the house. Left of the door is the alcove which was restored with a large grandfather clock placed inside as it probably was in the early 20th century.
The fireplace to the left of the clock was replaced with a beautiful wooden fireplace surrounding that used to be in a 19th century Victorian house in Washington, DC. Some of the original hearth tiles are still intact with modern additions to give it an original look. The original fireplace was restored.
Around to the left of the entrance is the inglenook. The seats open for storage. Two panoramic views of the stair hall are available on the home page (#6 and #7).
The floor is original heart pine in both the entrance hall and the office.
To the left of the stair hall is the office which was originally the place of business for the railroad manager. The previously existing door, entrance foyer, and a window to the back porch were not restored to keep it more spacious and allow for lots of book shelves to stand against the walls.
There’s a large bay window area where the current office desk is facing with hummingbird feeder to the left and finch feeder to the right. The butterfly bush at the corner of the historic well house can also be seen.
The fireplace in the office is original with small rectangle encaustic tiles on the hearth and the mantel is slate painted to look like dark marble.
To the right of the entrance hall through the pocket doors, which are in excellent working condition, used to be the parlor, but the wall which contained a fireplace adjoining the next room was removed in the 1970s, thus creating a large double room, which is now the dining room and living room.
The dining room has a full antique furniture which can be included with the house. It is made of a mixture of tiger maple, cherry and walnut woods and consists a dining room table with a leaf to expand the size, china cabinet, sideboard, and buffet cabinet. Eight chairs were purchased when the original backsplats were unable to be restored, though they are stored in the attic with other original pieces. The curtains are replica Victorian lace. The distinguished maple floor was added when the wall and fireplace was removed. A panorama of the dining room can be seen on the home page in slide #9.
The living room has a fireplace with an elegant marble mantel that was replaced in the 1970s from a Victorian theater in Colorado. The flat panel television inserts perfectly into the replica Victorian bookshelf between the fireplace and bay windows.
There is a door to the porch from the living room on the southern wall. It was found
underneath a wall during the 2001 restoration with the skeleton key still in it. That is where the original finish of the wood was discovered which has since been replicated throughout the house.
All of windows in the living and dining rooms have new frames milled to replicate the original, but since the original wood wasn’t available, Honduran mahogany was used.
All walls throughout the house are painted with colors from the original pallet available in the early 20th century that are still available today. Wall paper trim is just below the ceiling. Wood picture rails border the rooms to keep from using nails in the plaster walls. Chandeliers are surrounded on the ceiling by beautifully crafted plaster medallions (detailed photos on another site here).
Through doors at the end of the stair hall and living room is the back hallway which leads to the kitchen, a stairway which used to be used by servants when the house was originally built, and to a bathroom which was built where a “butler’s pantry” used to be.
The bathroom was restored with beadboard to look like the original pantry though it has the finish of the wood in the rest of the house. This currently is a half bath with an antique toilet in like-new working condition and a replica pedestal sink. It could easily be made into a full bath with the addition of a footed tub which would be of the period of the house.
The kitchen was created to mimic a Victorian look, though it would have been less picturesque and more utilitarian. The steel and nickel-plated stove is a hand-crafted reproduction facade over a modern stove, running on electricity, that will easily hold a pizza or bake a turkey.
To the right of the kitchen is a breakfast nook that was built in the 1970s but still has historic elements of its own period. Many people say it’s their favorite room as a small quiet nook where plants can hang in the windows as the morning sun shines in.
Going back out the kitchen into the back hall, you can access the “servant stairs” (pictured here), which quickly accesses the laundry room and bathroom on the second level. You can also access the upstairs by going to the stair hall with the wide staircase which brings you up into the bedroom area of the house.
See the Floor Plan for the first floor.
See the Second Floor.