Virtual Tour Ranch House Parlors

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The interior foyer at the front entrance is adjacent to the two parlors.

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Foyer Area and Two Parlors

The large hand-carved doors were opened for guests visiting, who were then ushered into one of the two parlors. Note the wooden newel post, which was also hand-carved.

A piano was located somewhere in the home; possibly in one of the parlors or upstairs in the family living space. From historic newspapers we know that youngest daughter Loutie was learning to play. The Las Animas Times (Colorado) reported that Mrs. Jones purchased a "fine piano," sometime before her move to Kansas.

North Parlor for Company

The parlor was historically used for formal entertaining; the grandest room in the house. Formal guests were ushered into the north parlor where the interior finishes were more exquisite.

 
Interior of the south parlor with period appropriate furniture for the 1880s.
The south parlor with period appropriate furniture for the 1880s.

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South Parlor for Family

Family and close friends to the Spring Hill Ranch entered the home through the front doors. They entertained in the south parlor in a less formal setting.

 
south parlor at the holiday
South parlor during holiday events.

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Video of the fancier parlor in the house;gold leafing on the woodwork. It was used as the formal entertaining area.

 
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The south parlor was more for informal entertaining, such as for family guests.

 
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On special holiday events the house comes alive to the sound of live music being played.

 

Last updated: April 7, 2022

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