The Merriman's house fits comfortably into this walk-in
closet. It has three floors, and several outbuildings outside.
and Mrs. Merriman's bed
Mr. and Mrs. Merriman sleep upstairs in this fine wooden bed that you can't see very well
in this picture, but it is very large and well-made.
Mrs. Merriman has been too busy making her daughters' rooms
presentable however, so she still has to make herself a proper comforter and matching pillows.
William's bed is simply a mattress with a sheet and pillows. He likes his bed this way, because it makes
him feel like a soldier on a camp bed.
3. The dresser
Where Mr. and Mrs. Merriman perform their
daily toilettes, this dresser holds all of Lily's hairpins and decorations, as well as the supplies for keeping Edward's wig
looking its very best.
William is always reading more and more books, as he wants to be
as educated as possible.
His favorite books are the ones about bugs and insects and wars, but he also likes Homer
and several of his books that are written in Latin.
Every day, the militia walks past
the Merriman's house.
William loves to watch them, because he wishes he was a soldier himself. Every time
he hears the sound of fife and drum, he hurries to the window to cheer them on.
Felicity's desk is where she writes back to letters, fixes her hair, does schoolwork and practices her handwriting.
It is decorated to match her bed, and soon the frame will hold a large mirror for her to see her reflection in.
On the wall is Felicity's chores list for her to follow every morning when she wakes up.
Felicity's bed is a lovely shade of cardinal red, and it has large curtains on each side for her to close
at night to keep out the cold drafts and keep it warm inside the bed.
table holds her candle, which is reflected in a mirror to make the light fill the room better. It also holds her diary,
which she rarely writes in, and her copybook.
This little green trunk holds all of Rachel's fashion paper dolls, which she gets out to look at when she's
feeling sad. It always makes her feel happier to see beautiful girls wearing gorgeous dresses.
bed is covered in a nice blue cover, but still doesn't have its curtains yet.
Edward still needs to improve upon
her canopy, as its only on halfway at the moment.
Rachel's embroidered pillow for proper
school says "you are never fully dressed without a smile."
Rachel's doll is named Rose,
and it has the same ballgown as Rachel does! When she wanted to make herself a ballgown, she simply copied the dress
on this fashion doll.
purple-covered desk is where she writes back to all her favorite "penny-pals" like Clara and Anna. She also works on
her handwriting for her mother and father, but especially for Miss Samantha.
This is also where she works on her
Nan's purple bed has a midievial flair
to it that helps her out when she's pretending to be a damsel in distress or the knight in shining armor, whatever her mood
is on any given day.
She also likes being able to close the curtains when she doesn't want to talk to anybody, or
when she wants to play with her friends in private.
Nan's bed is also stuffed underneath. She keeps things hidden
all through the mattress and has mounds of papers and doodles and chocolates hidden under her bed.
Nan has many little dolls and soft toys, which she calls her "stuffed sweetsies." She
makes all her friends sweetsies for Christmas, and has a large pile of them herself on the end of her bed. Her favorites
are Raggedy "quack" Anne, Timone the smart one, and Mr. Ghostie.
Nan keeps all of her
stationary, envelopes, stickers and proper school books in her handy-dandy bag.
That way she can hide them behind
her desk if she doesn't feel like seeing them anymore.
The Dining Room
dining room table is decked out with all of Mrs. Merriman's finest linen, doilies and napkins, as are the chairs.
often holds beautiful vases of flowers, and other centerpieces that are pleasing to the eye.
all the food is cooked and ready to be served at suppertime, it is placed on the sideboard in the Dining Room to be served
course by course in the meal. During the rest of the day, the sideboard is used to keep tea handy in case of visitors.
The large clock in the dining room is not just to tell the time for visitors.
It is a sign of
wealth, and it also has a handy compartment for storing linens during the day.
two large mirrors in the dining room help reflect the chandelier and make the room a bright, warm place for visitors and for
all the important activities (like supper and dancing) that happen in this room.
Merriman's chandelier was shipped in from France, and includes several lit candles and dangling cristals. It provides
all the light for this room.
Parlour Part I
piano is her favorite place in the whole house. This is where she spends hours every day feverishly practicing pieces
she already knows and writing music about every person in her life.
William also plays the piano, and sometimes he and
Nancy will play four-hand piano duets.
2. Model Ship
Since the Merrimans are in the merchant trade
and live near a seaport, Mr. Merriman has several model ships that he keeps around the house.
This is a model of
la Nina, one of the three ships that Christopher Columbus sailed on when he came to America.
window curtains in the whole house are Mrs. Merriman's current project, so they are not quite finished yet.
windows look out onto the neighborhood, and the curtains match the decor of the rest of the parlour.
is very accomplished on the violin, and will often get it out to serenade visitors and to do a very convincing imitation of
the young Mozart's performance to the queen, in which, legend has it, he asked the queen to marry him.
Mrs. Merriman's most comfortable chair is her sewing chair, where she sits to work on all of her various
projects. Right now she is working on sewing curtains and a new dress for herself.
After that she will move
on to more jackets and long coats for William and Edward.
The Parlour Part II
main fireplace in the parlour is made of brick and sheds a warm glow over the rest of the room. It holds another model
ship, and several pictures of the family.
One of William's chores every day is to make the fire in this fireplace.
The center of family time in the evening is the chess set that Edward brought back from one of his trips to
The big couch in the parlour is very helpful whenever Mrs. Fox happens to visit
the sewing circle because it is so luxurious and comfortable that she likes to take up the whole couch in order to speak to
Lily about weeding her garden.
The cloak hanger is near to the fire so that the cloaks
can dry off in the wintertime, and stay warm until they need to go outside.
5. Horse Portraits
is not the only one in the family who enjoys horses. Edward is also an admirer of finely bred horses, and inherited
these photographs from Lily's father at his plantation.
Edward's sword hangs above the
fireplace where it stands ready to defend the family and household should the need ever arise. William's dearest wish
is to be worthy of wielding this sword.
1. Work table
nice big table in the kitchen gives the girls a workspace to chop vegetables, sort food and prepare dishes away from the fire.
The large brick fireplace in the kitchen is so big that the girls can almost fit inside it when there
isn't any fire going.
The rest of the time, it is busy cooking several dishes at a time, while always keeping coffee
and tea boiling and liberty biscuits baking.
The mantel also holds tea leaves, butter, pepper and lots of different
types of tea.
The bench in the kitchen is very handy for long hard days of cooking.
The girls can sit here while they stir, or wait here while something is cooking or baking.
It also is a nice warm
place to sit and read or sew even when there isn't anything cooking.
The piece of string attached to the mantelpiece is very
handy for hanging recipes, aprons, herbs and plants so that they are easy to grab or read while cooking.
desk near the door is where most of the family's written affairs are handled. This is where Mr. Merriman writes taxes,
bills and state papers, and where all of the girls write back to their letters using a quill and ink.
It is also
where Mrs. Merriman writes her household management columns and even pens market lists in her finest handwriting.
The pantry holds all of the Merriman's food from the market, pots and pans, plates, napkins, recipes
The clock on the desk is very important because it is the only one that works
in the house. William's daily duty is to wind the clock so it never stops.
Without this one clock, the family
wouldn't know what time it is!
4. Work Table
The other half of the work table is near the pantry
so food can be taken from both ends and prepared in the middle.
1. Horse Stall
one stall in the Merriman's barn is for Penny the horse. It opens on the right side by lifting up the little wooden
The fire in the barn keeps the animals warm during the winter, and is also
used for some recipes.
Mr. Merriman hasn't quite finished
the sidings on the barn yet, so he keeps the extra pieces in the barn.
He also still has to shingle the roof.
Penny's bridle and other things to help hook her up to the carriage are kept on hooks on the wall where
William can grab them when he pulls the carriage up.
Felicity's horse Penny is a fine
copper mare who enjoys jumping fences. She likes to eat oats and carrots.
Merriman's toilet is in an outhouse, and is a simple hole in a seat of wood.
The Merrimans can't figure out why
strange plants and hay keep ending up in their privy, but they suspect Mr. Montoya of trying to do away with the muck from
his goat shed.
2. Toilet Paper
Its another one of William's jobs to always make sure there is toilet
paper in the privy.