Dressed for Summer
On display through September 29, 2017
Before air conditioning existed, southerners used a variety of tricks to keep their homes airy and cool. This summer, see the historic William Root House dressed as it would have been during the hot months of the 1860s. The winter drapes have been placed in storage and replaced with breezy sheers designed to keep insects from coming inside. The carpets have been rolled away and replaced with bamboo matting to protect the floors from dirt and dust. The fireplaces have been sealed to keep birds and other unwelcome guests outside. And the dark upholstered furniture in the parlor and dining room has been concealed with crisp white slipcovers. The result is a light and airy home designed to be refreshing and comfortable.