Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Oller House

Last Friday, after talking about it for ages, Heidi and I decided to finally visit our town's historical society.  It's housed in one of the loveliest old homes in town, the Oller House, named for the family who built and lived in the home.  We were given a tour by one of the society's members and she even briefly looked for some information on either of our homes, but was unsuccessful.  I was a bit disappointed, because I've been doing my own research on the original owners of my home and I think there must be more to their stories.  I'm really hoping to go back another time and see if I can do some of my own research or even eventually volunteer.  My job limits the amount of time I can actually help out, but I would love to spend some spare Saturdays assisting with whatever needs done.
Isn't she a beauty?!  I've actually been inside this home previously.  When I was in middle school, they used to hold a haunted house in the house.  I may be mistaken, but I think a group of high school students used to put it on or at least help out.  I only remember bits and pieces, but I do clearly remember running out the exit frantically, probably screaming!  I wished I would have taken more photos of the inside, but I didn't think to ask if it was okay to take photos until we were all the way up on the third floor, at the end of the tour.  The furnishings aren't original, save for two pieces, but it is filled with donated pieces that would have been typical to the period when the house was built.  There are portraits of the family members, though, and the wall coverings are reproductions of those that were originally in the home.

Of course the only photos I would take would be of old dolls and toys!  Way up on the third level of the house was where the servants lived, but there was this one small round room with a tall vaulted ceiling that was used as a playroom for the children.  It was so sweet and sunny.  I could imagine little Victorian children playing in the room!  Oh how I wish I would have snapped a photo of the shower in the upstairs bathroom.  I think luxurious would be the best word to describe it.  I promise to take lots more photos after my next visit!

1 comment:

  1. this is such a stunning beauty! I wish I could go into so many beautiful houses. Maybe we should start a society where people that own amazing old Victorian homes hosts us for a tour and tea.