THE GILES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MAKING HISTORY MATTER.
Rare stenciled decoration on the wall above the chair rail features a vine and berry motif; windows are framed by thistle leaf ("from the heart") and vines with pineapples ("welcome"). A quilt or Pennsylvania Dutch design borders the ceiling. The original Federal-style mantle is still in place, and a small door opposite the bed gives access to the attic of the dining room wing. Here and throughout the second floor the original yellow pine wide-plank flooring remains.
An elaborately carved Rococo-style walnut bed, circa 1855, was a wedding gift from Dr. Johnston's father-in-law. The coverlet was designed for this bed in 200 by Jean Bane, who spent over 1000 hours crocheting and sewing together the pinwheel-design cotton squares.
Other Johnston family pieces include a 19th-century Renaissance Revival marble-top dresser, a walnut and marble washstand, and an Eastlake walnut wardrobe. The small trunk on the hearth was used by Dr. Johnston's son at college. A walnut folding crib, circa 1875, was a gift to the museum.