Hi! Millie again! Today, I am on the second floor today of Buccleuch Mansion, checking out the Victorian bedroom. Can you spot me peeking out from the headboard?
The bed has a really BIG ornate carved headboard and footboard. The style is Victorian and the pieces are from the estate of Miss Helen and Miss Julia Williamson. The furniture suite was bought by their parents in 1875 and was used in the Williamson home in New Brunswick until 1962.
In here, there are several funny items: a hair wreath and other hair art; and a stuffed chair with one arm which is called a “bustle chair. Ladies wore dresses with big bustles and needed the room to sit, so one arm had to go!
The marble-topped dresser (above) holds many personal and decorative items, including a hat and hat stand, a hat pin holder, perfume bottles and a dresser tray for rings and decorative pins. So fancy!
Each bedroom has a complete set of chamber pots. Imagine washing and brushing your teeth in your bedroom! Now, the mansion has a modern bathroom you can use when you visit. Whew!
If you look out of the bedroom windows, you will see the flower gardens and Buccleuch Park. On sunny days, the sun shines brightly through the western facing windows.
Several items from the children’s collection are displayed in this room, too, including a 19th century rocking horse. There is a connecting closet to the Colonial bedroom which has shelving and lighting, and the ladies use it for rotating displays of the vast Buccleuch Mansion collection.
I'm off to more adventures! I promise I will share them in my upcoming post!
"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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