Its been snowing a lot recently in Massachusetts and quite honestly has been limiting great photo opportunities. So I decided to see what kind of places would be nice to visit that were indoors.
I had heard of the Salisbury Mansion a while back, but had never visited. If you're local to Worcester its worth a visit. They offer a guided tour, at a good pace and they are very knowledgable. It was tough to keep track at first at it seems that with each generation the mansion changed a little. It was a store and home at one point, then an office building with living quarters, and then converted to a gentleman's club, and later to a full home again. And, it was originally located near where the Lincoln Plaza is today.
The last Salisbury ended up donating the majority of their wealth and belongings to the Worcester Art Museum. This museum was also founded by a Salisbury. The best pieces are split between the Mansion and the Worcester Art Museum.
Much of the Mansion has been renovated and re-arranged to help tell the story. Each room had significance and although their purpose changed over time it was put to good use. With the coming of road ways, trains and such its once ideal location in Worcester made it even less ideal. Over time Worcester, grew and grew and now is the second largest city in Massachusetts. And due to this, the Mansion is one of those easily overlooked locations. But, it holds plenty of significance to the history of Worcester and one of the most prominent families in the area.
So you walk in to a landing with stair case, a long hall a room on either side. This is where you meet the guide.
Next you are taken to the kitchen area where the tour officially begins. This is the store sign that used to hang out front of the building when it was a store.
The next room we visited was a sort of dining area for entertaining guests. There were some nice paintings there and furniture as well to see.
They had some nice pieces set up on the table as well. I always enjoy capturing these kinds of details.
The next room is a sort of library kept by Mrs. Salisbury. She would read her books there and write letters and things.
Then past this room you are back at the initial entry way. That leads to another room which was for social events. There is an adjoining room to the left that is separated by sliding doors which was often kept closed, but sometimes was opened up to entertain larger groups.
This chair is one of the prized pieces in the collection due to its custom nature. Notice the carvings of the swan. Throughout the house there were several pieces of furniture with animal carvings. These were a trademark of a furniture maker of that time.
The next room, which you can see behind the first chair photo held a few couches, a piano and a harp.
Then, its time to visit the second floor.
To the left is where the house staff would stay and straight ahead were a few of the bedrooms. Also, it was where the gentleman's club had their lounge which at some point had a bowling alley. This whole part of the house had been redone multiple times so each room had multiple uses at one point.
After visiting the master bedroom it was very obvious that this house had held a variety of families, served tons of purposes and had been redone, many times. Over time it had about 4 different exits, converted rooms to be made larger and more.
This is a kind of family room which was sometimes used for entertaining guests as well.
This is a view from the small staircase going down to one of the original entrances.
Then we headed back downstairs the same way we came. The guide was great and let me ask questions along the way. On the way down that initial corridor I saw these jars and got this photo.
It was really nice to be able to walk around the Mansion with the guide where I could go my pace, take some photos and ask questions. Being mid week there was no one else there which really helped. At some point I'll have to make sure to visit the Worcester Historical Museum as well which is affiliated with The Salisbury Mansion. And, another trip I'll have to head to the Worcester Art Museum to find some of the other original pieces from the Mansion.
Make sure to visit the Mansion if you're in the Worcester. These are only a few samples of everything I saw there. Lots more to see. Also, I hear they host small events from time to time as well as dressing it up for major holidays.
Hope you enjoyed my quick walk-through.
All photos were taken with the X-E2 and the 27mm lens.
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