Louise Speaks: This is day 4 of our trip, and we hope to sleep in Iowa tonight.
I blogged about this museum back on June 28, 2013 when we stopped to tour the museum only to find it closed. Today we were in luck and it was open for touring. I was under the impression that it was a home but instead it is a museum. It did belong to a family back in the day, but today each room is filled with a theme or display of something from the past. Currently it is featuring children’s toys in honor of a children’s fund the museum is hosting. In the post in 2013 I said I would find out more about the museum and the home and I did.
Louise May never lived in the home. It belonged to the Nye family and there is a history there. I gave all the history of the museum in the 2013 post and our tour guide was more informative of the displays than of the family history.
Each room is unique and well worth the $5.00 admission for the tour. Our guide pointed out what pieces of furniture were part of the original home owners and what pieces were donated to be part of the museum. It was difficult to go through this home, as I was expecting it to be a “home” instead of a museum. Where I was thinking the rooms were decorated as when the family lived there, it was actually rooms set up with items donated by the community, including our tour guide.
The museum (home) is beautiful, and you could still see the history and what it must have been like to live in a home of this stature back in the 1800. The fund raiser they are currently holding is to replace the railing at the top of the building. In old photographs you can see there was a railing around the top deck of the building. This railing fell down many many years ago and so the museum is trying to restore the musuem to it’s original appearance, therefor they need the railing. Once again, in order to see it complete, we will have to come back. I would give this museum a B rating. I’m not usually one to enjoy museum, but because this was once a home, I truly enjoyed it.
Tonight we make it into Iowa and our plan is to park in position for the parade and just sleep there. We will have the best seats in the house for the parade in the morning.
Thelma speaks: I love seeing the old homes and how they were decorated. This home, like Louise said, is a museum but still has the features of a home. Hearing about the stain glass windows and how they were brought back to the home and our tour guide restored them made you feel how the town feels about this home and how willing they are to donate and help add to the treasures. I am sure the rail will be added in the next year or two so when we go back to the mid west we can stop by and see how nice the home/museum looks.
Now on through the town where I went to college and then…..Let the celebration begin! On the way home….on the road again…..