When you visit the Horatio Colony House Museum, a trained guide will show you through the Library, Dining Room, Music Room, Parlor, four bed rooms and the Exhibit Room. The original furnishings reflect the three generations of the family that lived in the house from 1847 to 1977.
Your guide will recount pertinent local history, family anecdotes, and information on various antiques that grace the rooms.
This Virtual House Tour will take you to four of those rooms, detailing some key features.
The Library is an inviting room with deep-toned wood furniture and rich array of oriental rugs.
The distinguished portrait, hanging above the Hepplewhite bow-front chest, is of Josiah Colony, Horatio Colony’s great grandfather and co-founder of the Faulkner & Colony Woolen Mill.
A large glass-door bookcase is the focal point of the library, giving it a scholarly air.
Alongside the Delph-tiled fireplace stands a wooden cigar store Indian. The piece originally stood in front of a tobacco emporium which was owned by Mr. Colony’s mother’s family. This carving was the inspiration for Mr. Colony’s novel, Free Forester, which depicts frontier life in Kentucky in the early 1800’s. The wooden Indian carving was Mr. Colony’s favorite keepsake in the house.
Originally the kitchen of the 1806 house, this room became the dining room during the renovation of 1898. The renovation included the installation of patterned tin ceilings and re-working of the kitchen hearth into a smaller fireplace.
In keeping with the fashion of the late 1800’s, the dining room is replete with hand-cut lead crystal, Victorian napkin rings and a set of English Ironstone so complete that it numbers 277 pieces.
The room was the scene for formal meals, parties and the Colony family Thanksgiving dinner.
The golden colors of the parlor made this a cheerful room to welcome guests. Green William Morris style tiles frame the fireplace. Above the mantel are a set of wall sconces which are combination gas and electric fixtures. A focal point of the room is the mahogany Chippendale “bonnet-top” chest-on-chest that Mr. Colony inherited from his grandfather.
The parlor is replete with items from around the world including cribbage boards and a collection of 19th century transfer ware pitchers. One example is an English piece depicting an early train; complete with a steam engine, an open passenger car, and an open freight car bearing wooden barrels. The opposite side of the pitcher depicts the entrance to the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.