Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Up on a hill just outside Bath called Claverton Down, we have a big country house which has been turned into The American Museum, sometime around 1961. Their website is too clever (or I am too stupid) for its own good, so I cannot link it here. I just took Thomas to see it.
The creators scoured all over the USA for the exhibits, bringing back the original rooms from many derelict houses and rebuilding them in the rooms of the house here.
The first - and my favourite - room dates from around 1670, and is packed with mainly English artefacts which were brought over by the original settlers, then brought home again. Even the floor boards and ceiling timbers are included.
There is one room which was a young lady's from Louisiana, and you can almost here the Southern accent in the dark brown woodwork and heavy, red flock wallpaper which covers it. Her father was a plantation owner from around 1870.
There is one room devoted to the home industries such as done by the Shaker families, and this is a wooden loom - made in America from American wood.