The Chester Municipal Heritage Society was established in 1981 to promote and cultivate awareness of the unique heritage of the Municipality of the District of Chester for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations through the preservation of historically significant properties and the delivery of educational programming.
Front HallThis was the main entry to the house. The staircase banister matches the middle of the 1750’s but the newel post was upgraded and not original. The door leading into the back entrance hallway may have had a weight to keep it closed at all times and the door stop at the top is noteworthy and may have been a part of that system. This door separated the more formal areas of the house from the private areas, especially the servants’ quarters.North SalonThe windows are not splayed. The dining-room is elegant. The door to the left of the fireplace went through to the kitchen and would have been used for carrying food from the kitchen. Second FloorHallThe banister is well done.Bedroom 1southwestLock can be dated probably late 18th century and reinforces the idea of two families. The window mouldings are 1870. The hand-planed door leading to bedroom 2 shows hand-planing and should not be changed. The texture is what makes it important.Bedroom 2 southwest This room had a chair rail and the tapered rods on the stair way are early 19th century. The window moldings are 1870’s. The vertical boarding is visible on the stairwell showing that a lower quality of finish was in servants’ areas.Suggested that the house may have had a gambol roof at one time and that the current one was not original. The saw cuts would indicate that the timbers and boards had been sawn on a water-run saw mill.Bedroom 3 southeastThis room may have been a "keeping room", an office, a living room or parlor, Consistent with 1808. The large built-in cupboard would suggest a space for storing dishes. The larger closet to the right of the fireplace might have been used to hide the commode from view. The door to the hall has a "rising butt hinge" which were used to raise the door above the floor so that it would clear a carpet. The molding on the ceiling is wood and probably 18th century construction. The fireplace is made from English type brick and visible on the floor. Bedroom 4 northeastThe door on the left of the fireplace has old hinges with hand-made nails. The fireplace is new. The boarding and plaster construction is consistent with the period. The posts in the corners often supported plank walls. Bedroom 5 northwestCorner posts in this room suggest that the walls down stairs had been flushed in. It could have been a child’s or servant’s room. A room this size, he said, might have housed 10 children – unlike standards of today. BathroomThe hinges are 1900. Third FloorThe construction suggested that the house may have had a gambol roof at one time and that the current one was not original. The saw cuts would indicate that the timbers and boards had been sawn on a water-run saw mill.