Built on the site of the original horse stable, this
charming room was completed in 1992 and provides a strong tie with the history
of the house. Although of "new" construction, the room utilizes rough hewn cedar
planks rescued from a turn-of-the-century house in Mineola during demolition.
The lumber used for the east wall and the book shelves on the west wall as well
as the windows and the door were taken from this structure.
The stained glass windows occupy frames taken from the
south gable of the house when ventilation louvers were added many years ago.
These were found in the attic during the 1987 restoration and saved until a
suitable use could be found. The toilet compartment is designed to reflect the
atmosphere of the original house which had a "two-holer" on the alley prior to
indoor plumbing. The reproduction Sears catalog is provided for your reading
The wood plane on the book shelf was used by Bob's
great-grandfather when he built his home near Ava, Missouri, and the large
horseshoes belonged to "Blaze" his favorite plow-horse. The jars and bottles
belonged to Bob's grandfather and were used for canning, storing homemade
catsup, and vinegar. The old milk separator on the porch belonged to Bob's
great-grandmother and has seen many, many gallons of milk pass through its
The collection of National Geographic magazines dates
back to 1937 with complete years from 1968 (feel free to browse, but please
replace them in sequence for the convenience of the next guest).
We hope you will enjoy your stay in this delightful room
and know that, if you are very still and listen closely, you can still smell the
leather and hear the rustling of the horses that occupied this spot so many