The parlor has been restored to represent the room typical of
this era which was seldom used except for company. The low
ceilings helped in heating with the fireplace and wood burning
stoves. At one time there was a single door rather than the
double doorway. The furniture in this room is called Empire
style and dates from the 1840s and 1850s.
On the west wall between
the windows is an original piece of Lovejoy furniture. The game table was
given by the Lovejoys to Anna Shertz Johnson when she left their home
after having been employed by them. It came up for auction in 1994 and
members of the Lovejoy Board purchased it for the home.
displayed on the wall is an 1845 8-day clock which is still in working
order. It is setting on a clock shelf, and typically there was a single
candle and holder next to the clock.
The table in the middle
of the room is called a center table. The lady of the house would have
presided here during reading, sewing, or tea drinking. Side chairs like
the caned ones in this room would have been lined up along the walls and
then pulled up to the table when needed.
The sofa dates from 1840 and has the original upholstery. The
footstool is also from that time era and kept drafts off ladies’ feet in
The painting of Lovejoy is a recent gift
from a great-great granddaughter, Theresa Updegrove. It is oils on glass and was painted
after Lovejoy’s death from a photograph that Mrs. Lovejoy sent the artist.
The photograph on the
wall is Mrs. Lovejoy. It was donated by the same gr-gr granddaughter who
gave the portrait. We have only one other photograph of Eunice Lovejoy,
and it shows her as an elderly woman. It is upstairs in the document