Monday, December 17, 2012

Visiting an old mansion...Irving House

On Saturday, December 15, we headed to New Westminster in snow flurries.
It was quite cold but it sure felt like Christmas!
Originally we had planned to take my Mom out for Christmas tea, but she won't step foot outside when it snows. She just hates the stuff! 
This is delightful Irving House, located at 302 Royal Avenue.
It has quite the history.
It was the colonial home of Captain William Irving.
The home was built in 1865, and is just marvelous inside.

Here I am on the lovely front porch.

The small parlour.

The other side.

A lovely doll in the big parlour.

Someone playing Christmas carols on the huge piano.
Most of the furnishings are original to the home, which is 147 years old.

Another adorable doll, which belonged to one of the daughters of Captain Irving.

One of the bedrooms.

The kitchen, with a marmalade maker (black instrument attached to the side of the sink)

Christmas table in the dining room.
The rooms have 12 foot high ceilings.

The library. The clock in the corner on the right side once belonged to Isaac Watts, hymn writer.
Robert and I enjoyed our tour. I didn't feel any ghosts this time, sad to say.
There were too many people in the house.

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