This museum is possibly the most unique of all the historic houses I have visited. It was designed by William Walker & Sons circa the 1870’s and by some miracle, the house has remained in the same family ever since. All the rooms have their original decorations and the museum is slowly, but surely, restoring them. The result is a rich archive of Victoriana of all forms – textiles, wood carvings, porcelains, books and ephemera – basically anything you can think of – any many things you never thought of. I highly recommend a visit – lovers of all things Victorian will not be disappointed. See: http://www.cloudshill.org/
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This is one of my favorite Victorian homes to visit.
Front of Mark Twain House
The house was built for Mark Twain’s (AKA: Samuel Clemens) Family in 1874. It was designed by the architects Edward T. Potter and Alfred H. Thorp. At the time it was built it was called one of the “oddest looking buildings in the State ever designed for dwelling.” (Hartford Daily Times, March 23, 1874)
I love all the details of the facade – the stickwork,
Most of all, I love the interiors by Louis C Tiffany and Candace Wheeler – I cant show them here, but they are not to be missed!
View from Visitor's Center
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The Jerusha Dewey Cottage is on the grounds of Clayton, in Roslyn NY. I visited it on October 8, 2008. The cottage is not open to tour. It was the guest house for William Cullen Bryant and it was built in 1862.
Dewey Cottage Plaque
Side View of Dewey Cottage
Dewey Cottage from Path to Cedermere
There are many paths to walk in the woods at Clayton. The Jerusha Dewey Cottage is located off one of them. Here is a view of the path near the cottage.
Path to Dewey Cottage
Sagamore Hill served as the Summer White House from 1902 to 1909. It is the only home Theodore Roosevelt ever owned. I visited the Queen Anne style house on July 26, 2008 – It had been many years since my last visit.
Sagamore Hill Entrance
The interior of the house is fairly dark now, partly because of its furnishings and partly because the trees have grown so tall……
Sagamore Hill – Front View
Sagamore Hill – Back View
The house has some exterior decoration, but it is restrained – especially for a Queen Anne Style house.
Brick Work Detail 1st Floor
North Wing Presidential Seal
Front Porch Column – Base Detail
I thought the ornamentation on the front porch columns was interesting – very masculine.
Ice House & Roof Line – Sagamore Hill
Windmill Water Pump
The windmill powered a water pump- to get running water to the third floor of the house.
Windmill – Detail
Also on the grounds of Sagamore Hill is another home, Old Orchard House, built by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in 1938.
On July 10, 2008 I visited Williamsport, PA. In addition to currently being the home of the Little League World Series, Williamsport was, in the 1880’s, home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the United States. These homes and churches were built by lumber barons. Today there are limited trolley tours of the area, but I reached the town just after they ended. So I walked around and took these pictures. All of the homes shown in this post are privately owned.
Eutermarks - Harrar House 1 - 915 West Fourth Street
Greek Revival House - Millionaire's Row
Hiram Rhoads House 7 - 522 West Fourth Street
William V. Emery House 2 - 535 West Fourth Street
Smith-Ulman House 2 - 634 West Fourth Street
E. A. Rowley House 3 - 707 West Fourth Street
629 West Fourth Street 3
Elias Deemer House - 711 West Fourth Street
Annunciation Catholic Church 2 - 700 West Fourth Street
First Baptist Church - 420 West Fourth Street