Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Franklin County Museum - Part 1

The town of Malone was busy and the streets were bumper to bumper cars. I pulled off onto Clay Street and entered another world, where it seemed that time had held still since the Victorian Era. My destination was the Franklin County Museum:

I began in the kitchen, where they had an old fashioned wood cook stove and a pantry filled with gadgets and old time jars and cans:

The sink had a hand pump and old fashioned artifacts abounded:

I entered the bedroom, where a rocking horse kept itself warm by the fireplace:

This was the William Almon Wheeler bedroom, featuring the former Vice-President's original furnishings. Elected as Vice-President under Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, he served his term and then retired back to this beloved home in Malone. He died here in 1887, probably in this bed:       

From there to the main parlor, where many of the dolls and baby carriages from the museum's recent special exhibit were waiting to be returned to their regular places:

The parlor was formal and I could imagine a Vice-President receiving visitors here:

And from there, I ascended this elegant staircase:

One upstairs room was devoted to farm tools:

And they had some of the most ingenious farm tools I've seen. This is, after all, big farm country:

I especially liked this deerskin chest, from around 1833:

The guide told me that they have candle making demonstrations for school kids. But there was still more to see. I'll post Part 2 tomorrow:

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