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Gentleman's Parlor

Randy Epp

About the Gentleman's Parlor

Paying homage to the gentlemen of the Ford family, this room is packed full of the antiques kindly loaned by the Fords. Like all the windows on the home, the full-length front windows feature Phantom’s retractable screens.

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Gentleman's Parlor - Stories From the Past

Originally the front bedroom – with its unique corner closet and floor-to-ceiling windows onto the porch – was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. James Morgan when the home was built.

More recently it was Thomas Ford Jr.’s bedroom, before he moved into a care home when his health began to fail.

Miss Myrt recalls that she slept on a cot in this bedroom with her parents, because her brother and Grandma occupied the other bedrooms. But it wasn’t all bad – when Mr. and Mrs. Morgan went to church on Sunday evening Miss Myrt’s Grandma would come and read her favorite bedtime stories to her. 

Again the bedroom features one of the three matching Victorian style fireplaces which are in each bedroom.

All the fireplaces in the home were originally coal burning but before the furnace was installed the home was heated by gas heaters in front of the fireplaces.

The chimneys are now all capped below the roof level and the coal box cavities are too shallow to house a modern day gas insert without disturbing the surrounds.