Friday, September 18, 2009

Dr. Pound Farmstead, Part IV

The parlor is where I will docent at Fall Fest on Saturday, September 26. There are many photographs on the wall about which I will have to read up on before next Saturday. The parlor and Sarah's long-awaited bedroom replaced the east side of the two cabin log structure somewhere between 1880 and 1890. It has a Victorian building style with a board and batten exterior siding, taller ceilings and windows. The Pounds now had a "fancy room" for entertaining and family gatherings.
There is a fireplace in every room. There is no information on the print above the fireplace but it complements the parlor beautifully. Dr. Pound's pipes are on display and the wallpaper is a very close match to the original. Interestingly in the restoration, there were four sets of re-paperings found with newspapers being used as insulation behind each time the walls were re- papered. It made for fascinating reading during the restoration.

Now imagine their delight at having light from above instead of candles or oil lamps to the side. The kerosene ceiling light operates on 3 pulleys, a center weight and chains. The lamp is pulled down, lit, and returned above. The ceiling is covered in canvas as was done originally.

This melodeon is a close model of the one given to the Pounds as a wedding present. The original is currently residing in Germany with a descendant and pictured on the left atop the instrument. Someone was kind enough to donate this one as an example of melodeons (similar to pump organs) of the era.

The piano was given to Sarah, Dr. Pound's wife, when the room was built. Mrs. Pound and her daughter, Georgia, taught lessons to many children in the area. Over 300 pieces of sheet music belonging to the family was found.

Dr. Pound used this rocker to seat his patients for treatment. Again, notice the quilt. Sarah and daughters' homemade quilts are everywhere. If I am not mistaken, this quilt was made with tobacco sacks. Dr. Pound was a pipe smoker and apparently early tobacco containers were sacks of printed material. Everything was "repurposed" as we say today.

Dr. Pound's recliner: it rocks, the footrest slides up under the chair, has springs and casters, and is adjustable. It looks a little uncomfortable to me without padding; however, I suspect one of Sarah's quilts was used for cushioning.

There isn't any information that I've found on this chair but thought it most unusual since the seat is only about four inches from the floor. :D

The next part is the bedroom. Actually, I have to go back to photograph the bed; tomorrow hopefully. I was so caught up in other parts of the room that I forgot to take a picture of the bed. With a little more experience in blog matters, surely I'll get more organized and develop an eye for photographing all the right things. lol

Thanks to all for your encouraging comments on the previous parts.

Until next time, God bless.

Part I
Part II
Part III


Lily said...

I am crazy over old quilts! The one on the rocker is lovely.

SquirrelQueen said...

The ceiling lamp is so neat, I'll bet it was a vast improvement over the candles and regular oil lamps.

The quilt is beautiful, I just love them. I think your photos are great Lynn, you are showing us some really wonderful things. I'm certainly enjoying the tour.


DJan said...

So, as a docent you will have to answer questions, right? What can you make up about why that chair's seat is only a few inches off the floor? I find that intriguing. I've enjoyed the tour also, Lynn. Do we get to hear about your first tours?

AL said...

I saw an oil lamp in an antique shop, I would wanted to buy it but it is very expensive. The quilt is very neat and looks comfortable to sit on. Thanks for sharing parts of your history Lynn, I love reading them.