Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House Opening Day

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Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House Opening Day

 

Step back in time at the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House! Explore this 130-year-old Victorian mansion, steeped in history. Discover artifacts, textiles, and the legacy of some of the Moosehead region’s earliest benefactors. Join us for a guided tour and relive the bygone days that shaped Greenville’s heritage.

Constructed in the late 19th century as a wedding gift from John Eveleth to his daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Arthur Crafts, this house has seen numerous renovations, each adding to its rich history. The home is a blend of preserved original rooms and tastefully updated spaces, all adorned with rare woods and collectibles, reflecting the family’s commitment to quality.

The home was generously donated to the Moosehead Historical Society by Julia Crafts Sheridan, the last family member to reside here. Julia, a prominent local businesswoman, was an early supporter of the Society.

As you tour our elegant parlor, formal dining room, spacious kitchen, and second-floor bedrooms and bathrooms, you’ll be transported back to a bygone era. Each room is furnished and decorated in the style of the period, and our guides will share fascinating stories of the family and the area.

Our exhibits change annually to showcase our extensive collection of vintage clothing and artifacts. You’ll see much of the family’s original furniture, including a mid-19th-century piano in the parlor, a birthday gift to Rebecca Crafts. The formal dining room features furniture and matching wainscoting made from rare South American oak, along with displays of china and silver from our collection.

The kitchen, a snapshot of modernity in the 1890s, boasts a large Monson Slate sink, a Princess wood cook stove with bright nickel trim, a warming oven in the room’s radiator, and the original cabinetry with a large built-in lazy Susan and convertible baking section.

The tour incorporates the second floor, which has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The bedrooms are fully furnished in the period of the house. Revolving textile displays complement these rooms. The south bedroom is affectionately known as “Oliver’s room” after Oliver Crafts, only son of Arthur and Rebecca Crafts. Oliver died from what we assume was pneumonia resulting from a fall into icy Moosehead Lake in 1909. His mother was so shaken by the incident that Oliver’s bed was never moved from the room. The room has beautifully crafted bookcases with original books from the Crafts collection and later volumes from Julia and Phil Sheridan.

The tour also includes the sunporch, a favorite room of the house’s ladies, featuring pumpkin pine lattice work and wicker furniture, and the 1880s Kitchen and Laundry Room display in the basement.

Your journey through the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House doesn’t end inside. As you step outside, you’ll find yourself enjoying the beautiful grounds. Our dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to bring these gardens back to their former glory. From June to October, these gardens transform into a tranquil oasis, offering a peaceful spot for visitors to relax. It’s not uncommon to see visitors enjoying their lunch in the sunken garden, surrounded by the vibrant blooms and the gentle hum of nature.

Next, you’ll visit the Carriage House office, a three-story building adjacent to the main house. This building now serves as the museums’ office, library, and houses extensive research files and photographs. It also hosts additional displays, including an extraordinary collection of models of many of the steam vessels, both private and commercial, that once navigated the waters of Moosehead Lake. From here, visitors are escorted to the Lumbermen’s Museum, which showcases the history of timber harvesting in the Moosehead region. Additionally, you’ll find a recreation of an old schoolhouse classroom and an outdoor exhibit in the barn. These exhibits provide a glimpse into the region’s past and the industries that shaped it. So, come and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Moosehead region at the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan House, where history comes alive.

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