In the past, the living room served variously as a sitting room and a bedroom. Narrows plank oak flooring here and in much of the ground floors was installed over the original pine flooring the in the 1920s. The circa 1830 Federal-style mantle came from a nearby farm and was installed in the Johnston house in 1940. During the restoration, the plastered wall was covered with Royal Limoges wallpaper.
Furnishings belonging to the Johnston family include a piano-hinge desk, rocking chair, marble-top pedestal table, and an Eastlake armchair with rush seat - all dating to the 19th century. The Chippendale style drop-front desk was made by local cabinetmaker Harvey Niday for the Johnston family in the mid-20th century.
Other furniture pieces in the living room are gifts and loans from members of the community. These include a 19th-century sofa and a 20th-century velvet upholstered mahogany armchair. The Victorian-style carpet is modern.
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