I believe the home was built around 1865 by Mr. Morris. Morris was in the speculation business and lost his home 5 years later in the crash that came around 1870. Mr. Butler, a bankruptcy lawyer, bought the house. (Sound like a scenario that could happen today?)
The house is decorated in the Victorian era, and the parlor was all decked out for Christmas:
It is hard to take pictures without a flash in a house that is not full of natural light. This painting was hanging in the dining room. The house contained quite a few paintings by J. Cox:
The kitchen was beautiful! And, I found out they do classes here which I can sign my children up for!! How fun!
Here is the ice-box. I was surprised that ice-boxes were used that far back. My great-uncle used to tell me about his in the early 1920's.
It was so much fun to walk around the rooms and admire all the beautiful furnishings and hear tidbits of history:
The nursery was very inviting and I wanted to take home the child-sized hutch with the teasets and the lovely dolls nearby:
The sewing room was very appealing too -- can't you just imagine how much fun it would be to settle down in this cozy corner for a nice afternoon of stitching!
While Michael and I were enjoying the 1860's, the children were going to school in the 1920's. They were delighted to go back to the One Room Schoolhouse once again: