Hi, it's me, Millie!
I'm excited to share with you the main entrance of the Buccleuch Mansion Museum, the main hall. The entrance we use to access the house is the door that opens out into Buccleuch Park facing Easton Avenue.
Don’t you wish you could travel back in time and peek in a window to see the extravagantly dressed ladies and gentlemen at one of these elegant soirees?
The main hall l is located on the first floor as you enter Buccleuch Mansion from the gardens and park side. Just inside the door, on the right wall, hangs a map of Buccleuch Park and a portrait of Joseph Warren Scott, one of the early owners of the house.
The entrance hall has painted wallpaper with scenes of Paris (above) from about 1815. It was hung on the walls in 1819. If you look toward the far end of the hall you will see a golden eagle over the front door. It is carved out of one single block of wood! Next to the front door hangs a stick barometer made in the early 19th century. It is marked G. Bradford, London! The tall clock is the one quoted in the "Tale of the Old Stair Head Clock" story.
Now, when you look up at the staircase, you can see the old hand-sewn fire buckets (above) that belonged to Dr. Moses Scott and were used to fight fires, long before there were firefighters, fire trucks and fire stations. Colonial laws required each house to be equipped with one bucket for each chimney. You will see two buckets hanging on the second story and two on the third story, near the staircase for easy reach!
I hope you enjoyed by tour of the main hall! Until next time!
"Written" by Millie Mouse
Millie's family lived in the mansion from the very beginning of the building. Learn about the story of her life in Colonial America through her observations and adventures as she shares the history of the New Brunswick area with young visitors.
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