This is a piece I wrote for another blog a few years ago on the Samuel Parsons House. It comes in two parts. The second part will be in tomorrow's post.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A Visit to a Historic House-Samuel Parsons House part 1
How excited I am to sharing more of my visit to the Samuel Parsons House in Wallingford, Connecticut! Check here for more information on the architecture and some historical aspects of the house that are beyond my scope of explaining. First of all, before entering the house, here are some things you will notice outside....
|Stone mile marker with Roman numerals telling you it is 11 mile to New Haven, CT.
|Bullseye Glass in the Windows in windows of the front doors
|Pink Granite Stone Steps to step in and out of a horse-drawn carriage.
Upon entering the house you can see how the bullseye glass looks from the inside. It helped bring extra light into the house. You walk into a hallway with a central staircase. If you take a right into the first room, you can see the house as it may have looked when it was a tavern. People would take in borders or have food available to serve travelers and provide lodging to bring in extra money. The room may have also served as a tearoom. The colors the room is painted is based on some research at Olde Sturbridge Village and also from layers of paint found during the restoration process to be historically accurate.
|Notice the glass in the mirror is not smooth, giving a wavy reflection.
|A Small spinning wheel to spin flax for linen
|How a table may have looked to serve the food for lodgers and travelers. It is in the room just adjacent to the kitchen.
|Something I find interesting is that tea cups didn't always have handles in Western civilization! If this was explained to me correctly, the tea was poured from cup while it was very hot into the saucer. It would be cooler to drink from the saucer.
|Teacup made before they had handles
|I will research this and correct this if it's inaccurate.
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