So imagine my amazement when I visited the gorgeous 1879 Victorian home pictured on the left a couple of Sundays ago and was invited to take all the photos I wanted to take ... to sit on the furniture ... so hold the teacup ... even to play the piano. The General Crook House at Fort Omaha, Nebraska, is heaven for the history-lover, and especially wonderful for someone like me who has to create imaginary worlds for her characters to inhabit.
The house would have been three-and-a-half miles outside of Omaha when it was built. "On the frontier," the docent explained. Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses Grant both stayed at this house (I'll show you the guest room in my next post).
I have authentic house plans ... books of them. But there is nothing like 3-D to get my imagination going. That wallpaper! That arched doorway! That silver tea set! That lamp! That chandelier ... and the fireplaces burned coal. Now I know how my people heat their house.
|This is the piano I played. An 1858 model. And it was in tune.|
A step back in time ... although I wouldn't want to go back. I also saw the maid's quarters ... which is where I would have lived.
|Everyday china in the breakfast nook.|
MORE SOON! ..............................................Stephanie
|And the view of the garden from the breakfast nook.|