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The Parlors

The double parlors at the Homestead were divided by pocket doors in Dickinson’s lifetime but have not yet been restored to their 19th-century appearance. The plain walls and lace window treatments seen today were considerably heavier in Dickinson’s time when the room was described as “cool, dark, and stiffish.” A costly brussels carpet with a floral motif graced the floors of the double room, where today’s hardwood is visible. The marble fireplace surrounds and the french doors leading out to the west-facing piazza were added in the 1850s. Two sets of windows face north and south, illuminating the family portraits and framed prints on the walls and original family furniture.

Dan Madsen Videography