Purpose of the room: The entry served as a central passage running the width of the house and also served as a reception area or waiting room for visitors. In keeping with the 1812 period, visitors probably would have found the doors to the other adjoining rooms closed and this formal entrance space lined with chairs. Additionally it would have been used for family functions including weddings and funerals. This would have been the perfect setting for a tall-case clock as an 1812 inventory showed as belonging to the Helme family.
Dimensions: 8’ 11" by 29’ 3"; ceiling height 7' 9 1/2"
1. There are two entrance/exit doors with the front of the house facing east and the back door to the west. The front doorway has flanking sidelights with 8 panes of glass each measuring 7 1/2" wide by 12" long. Over the rear door there is a transom light consisting of four (4) ? x ? panes of glass. Additional on the first floor there are four (4) doorways leading to interior rooms. Currently there are several layers of paint on the doors but the doors fronts that are facing the Entrance Hall show that underneath those layers that the original was a faux wood-grained painted finish to simulate mahogany wood doors.
2. The ceiling has molded plaster affixed to it and this encircles the entire perimeter of the ceiling area.
3. A stairway is situated to the right side of the hallway commencing 14' 4" from the from the front entrance door. The railing and newel post have lightness and simplicity of design in keeping with the Federal period. The width of the stairway is 38" and contains 14 steps.
4. The wood floors are original except for four replacement boards near the rear entrance door which would have been a high foot traffic area. There are random sized boards running between 7" wide up to 9" wide. There was some powder post beetle damage and one additional board will need to be replaced. Sometime in the last 40 years the floors had been drum sanded and a dark brown heavy paint and shellac mixture applied to the floor and about 10 years ago a polyurethane finish was applied which was now flaking off. The floors are now in the process of being stripped and palm sanded. There was a small amount of residue showing that at one time the floors had been painted a medium gray color. The process of palm sanding is being utilized to gently reduce the severe gouging of the wood caused by drum sanding wood against the grain. Once the boards are sanded to feather out the blemishes, an early recipe for stain will be tried utilizing the black walnuts found on the property. Please refer to the PROJECTS link for updates on this project.
The earliest paint color found by either scratching an area or actual sample revealing the following:
1. Walls - terra cotta/salmon color similar to the modern day paint color by Behr Traditional Home Paint called "Toulon Tile". It is also similar to the background color shown on this page.
2. Trim - Oyster White milk paint
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