We began our day with a bit of time to stop at a Goodwill not far from our son's home a ways south of us. I found two books and she found a beautiful, delicate, old plate that will find it's way to a wall in her home soon.
And overhead - the wonderful site of this beautiful home.We were greeted at the front door by my dear friend, Mrs. B. She coordinates and arranges the displays at Deepwood Estate. She gave us a private tour that included things the general public usually doesn't see. We saw storage closets, had a peek or two inside drawers filled with fantastic old things, saw the Bride's Room where brides who are married here can dress or wait for their wedding to begin. We went into the basement where the Administrative Offices are located, met the staff there, saw more beautiful things stored in display cases, and we shared personal stories of our families as we reminisced and were reminded of family treasures. I'm sure I must have gasped when I stepped through the front door. In the corner of the entry hall was the cutest courting bench. I can just imagine my sweetheart and I sitting here. And my father nearby where he can observe and listen!Just above this sweet little bench, on the underside of the upper staircase, was this beautiful solid wood paneling.And on my right, a step or two led to a little landing with a built-in bench below two stained glass windows.Turning a bit to my left I was mesmerized by the beauty of the staircase. . .And the detail of the lighted newel post.As we walked into the parlour I didn't know which direction to look first. My eyes were immediately drawn to the wonderful, old pump organ. The musician in me wanted so badly to sit down and begin to play. I've always dreamed of having one of my own!But the fireplace - oh the fireplace!Such exquite detail.Above the mantel - a memorial window. In memory of the young son of the original owners. He was lost at sea while traveling to and from Europe for his education. The three roses in bloom represent the father, the mother and the daughter. The rosebud on the right stands for the son - a life cut short before its bloom.Enormous pocket doors opened into an informal dining room where built-in cabinets hold elegant displays. On display on the other side was the most delicate chocolate server and tiny cups.Just inside another room are more displays - the story and memorabilia of the original owner, Dr. Luke Port and his family. Part of the room serves as a little gift shop. I loved the display holding the gift shop sign.And just off this room is a little bathroom. I don't if it has a name but I call it 'M'Lady's Bath'!Look at the stained glass windows above the tub. There is a matching pair on the little wall at the left end of the tub! Corner stained glass windows. How perfect!Can you imagine relaxing and bathing in this sweet little room? And in this cute little tub?Walking back through the informal dining room we entered the large, formal dining room. Think of the entertaining you could do here. And family reunions. Displays of gorgeous serving pieces immediately captured my heart.On one wall big built-ins provide storage and display space for anything your heart desires to have near.Oh, look who is here. My dear little mother!Beside her - a beautiful serving piece. Just around the corner is the most wonderful butler's pantry. I need one in my home! I could gather and display and store so many things if I only had more room.The corner of the cabinet beside the door holds teapots! They are used for the teas that are served in this lovely setting.Just outside the dining room is a 'fun' side porch that wraps around to the front porch.At the corner where the side porch and the front porch meet, not far from the front door of the house, you can enjoy the Solarium. Especially on nice days. Mrs. B. included this on our tour. She and my dear mother stopped outside the Solarium doors long enough for a photo.Inside you will find wicker chairs and tables to enjoy tea during special events here. A big Christmas Cactus and other plants enjoy the shelter and warmth here.We have only seen the first floor of this enormous home so far. Tomorrow I will take you up these stairs to see what waits for us there.I'm sure you will be surprised and delighted with what we find upstairs. And I will share the rest of the day we celebrated my dear little mother's birth - and life. There's more. Oh, so much more!