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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Saturday's Trip Back in Time - Pt. FINAL


I know I said it would be two days, but I just couldn't quite cram it all in, so here's the final installment of the lovely day spent at the Dallas Heritage Village living history museum last Saturday.  I'll keep it as brief as possible.  HA.

This is the General Store, ca 1907.  They had everything from baking supplies to sewing supplies to tools here.  I sure would love to have those cabinets for my craft room.  And a room large enough to hold them.  The old men would play checkers on a barrel in the back corner.  (Of the general store, not my craft room.)

This is the town bank, ca 1905.  The wrought iron windows were gorgeous.

And last but certainly not least, we arrive at The Millermore Mansion, ca 1855-1862 (7 years to contruct!).

Pretty cool, huh?  

Of course there were lots of rooms full of interesting furnishings and accessories, but in the interest of keeping today's post a little shorter, I'll cut to the ones with unique attributes such as this step stool to the bed in the master bedroom.  It's rather obvious that it serves a dual purpose.  Nothing but the best for the wealthy.

This is one of many types of this art found in the house.  It was a very popular form of decoration in Victorian times and you had to look close to figure it out.  To get all the different shades, you had to have lots of friends with different colors.  Of what?  If you guessed "hair," you guessed correctly.  The Victorians loved to make intricate designs from hair, their own (collected from hair brushes) and that of their friends.  This one was in memory of a loved one, but some were simply for decoration, nothing more.  I'd heard of this practice but had never seen one in real life.  It took a little getting used to.  OK,  a lot.

What a cute shed.  Or...was it?

Nope.  I'm sorry, but the thought of having a friendly chat while conducting business inspired a few giggles.  Ah, those Victorians...

And we've reached the end of our tour.  I love old barns like this.  Barns should all be painted red.  

Thank you for joining me and I hope you're encouraged to go visit historical sites in your area.  It's always fun to see our customs from way back when.


Look what we found behind the barn!

And one more for good measure...

The Victorians had a wonderful sense of humor.


the primitive country bug said...

I'm drooling over these Back in Time posts! Oh how I would have loved to live like that back then! I'm thankful for our modern conveniences but life seemed much more simple, hard work but simple. Looks like you had a real nice time and I enjoyed the glimpse into the past!
Blessings~ Birgit

ps. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me some love. I posted more pictures today of my craftroom.

Shani Thomas said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And they did a great job of preserving all this, so often these old areas just get torn down and wal-marted or something.