Photographs were not permitted in the house, so the following pictures of the house's interior are actually photos of the postcards that Ruth bought.

 

This is the main dining room ... that buffet-type piece on the left is original to the house ... it's attached to the wall. Another trend of the time was "round" rooms ... this room was built with right-angle corners, the curved walls were added. You can't see it in this picture, but there's a "matching" closet door to the right with no closet. The floors are also original ... each plank is one continuous piece!

 

This was just the coolest thing ... an arched bridge (called a "flying bridge") over the entry hall! The staircase featured inlaid brass (gorgeous!). And, of course, there's an identical staircase on the other side of the bridge.

 

This was Margaret Thomas' bedroom ... it was also the room where the Marquis de Layfayette stayed.

 

This parlor/sitting room contains another architectural trick ... the ceiling has molding and a fan-like feature in the corners to make the room appear oval.

 

In the basement, the floors and fireplaces are original.

 

In the slave quarters ...

 

... we could see original rafters, floorboards and fireplace. Our guide explained to us that the blue painted ceiling is actually the largest existing example of "haint paint" in the South (or maybe it was just Savannah, I can't remember) ... haint paint is made with indigo and other stuff and was believed to be protection from haunts ("haints") and other evil spirits.

 

This was a wonderful tour ... if you enjoy seeing amazing, beautiful old homes, this is a must.

 

Later!

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