Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Visiting Old World Wisconsin - Post 4-- Post 448 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

During our 2011 vacation to Springfield, Illinois and surrounding states, we had one day in Eagle, Wisconsin and explored Old World Wisconsin, and Ranslow's Smith's Four-Mile Inn.  I wrote about it in Day 13 on the Seaver Midwest Genealogy Tour (posted 18 September 2011).

I took many pictures inside the house, but some of them didn't turn out (and my camera battery died during this day). Here are more of the photos on the upper floors of the house:

1)  As you enter the Four Mile Inn on the ground floor, you enter a hallway with a staircase to the second floor on the left.  It is blocked off for visitors to go upstairs (the Old World Wisconsin staff permitted me to go upstairs):

2)  On the second floor, there are a number of bedrooms.  Here is a view of the upstairs hallway with doors to the bedrooms:

Note the beautiful railings around the staircase opening.

3)  There is furniture in the upstairs bedrooms, but they are covered.  I'm not sure that they are authentic period pieces (meaning 1870s time frame).  Here is a picture from inside a bedroom looking out on the second floor balcony:

4)  There is another staircase from the second floor to the third floor.  I was told that the third floor was a ballroom or dance room.  Here is the view looking toward the southeast corner of the building:

I really appreciated that the Old World Wisconsin staff permitted me to go upstairs to visit the non-public areas of the Four Mile Inn. 

My second great-grandfather, Devier J. Lamphier Smith (1839-1894) was a teenager who lived in this building from 1853 to 1861, when he married.  As I was wandering through the rooms, I wondered which room was his.  

I was disappointed that they didn't have the livery stable at Old World Wisconsin.  Perhaps he slept there with his horses.  


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