A few weeks ago, my cousin visited from Georgia and we decided to take a tour of the 1890 House in Cortland, New York. I had been once several years ago, and now even more rooms are open to the public.
Here's a view of the front of the house. It was build by the Wickwire family in...wait for it...1890! Mr. Wickwire was the inventor of wire screening! Thank you, Mr. Wickwire! In the basement there is a timeline and display of some of the items manufactured at the Wickwire factory. Pictures really cannot do justice to this beautiful place. If you are in the Cortland area, be sure to stop by. You can also find out more by visiting www.the1890house.org.
This is the main entrance. The woodwork in the house is just incredible. On the right in the pic is the banister to the second floor. To the right of that, not shown, is an actual inglenook with a fireplace and cozy seating.
Here's a detail of the center panel of the door.
And this shows a table setting in the dining room. The centerpiece is actually several pieces of crystal glassware stacked to create height, with small gourds displayed around the widest part. And check out those candlestick holders!
The 1890 House will soon be decorated for the holidays--something not to miss. Listed on the National Historic Register, repairs are costly, and money is raised through fundraisers, donations and entrance fees to the House. The entrance fees are very reasonable, so don't hesitate to go. It truly is a step back into elegance and grandeur.