The Museum’s recreation of a child’s bedroom features furniture specifically designed for small children. A maple bed and cherry wood chest of drawers circa 1860 are accompanied by a number of clothes, shoes, and accessories. Prior to the 1930s, manufactured clothing was not readily available, so most children living in rural areas wore clothes made by their mothers. Women would often make alterations to adult clothes or use hand-me-down clothing for the younger siblings.
Unique items in the collection include a bentwood Oriole baby carriage circa 1915 and a boys’ “Little Lord Fauntleroy” special occasion suit from the 1890s. This was a very popular style of party attire for boys during the late nineteenth century. Stop by the Museum today to see what other styles were in fashion for children during this period.