The Dining Room Just Got Brighter!

We are very excited about our newest acquisition! Reflecting glasses (aka mirrors) were used extensively during the Federal Period to brighten any room in a time before electricity. Mirrors, like the one now in our dining room, were made to hang over fireplaces at a height to reflect the candlelight from chandeliers. This particular mirror with a gold gilded frame was acquired from another Federal historic house museum in Virginia and dates to about 1810. Our Curator, Sarah, drove over to Lynchburg to pick up just a couple weeks ago and after she completed a little bit of restoration, the fabulous handyman, Dave, from the ABCD came over to expertly hang it above the fireplace. It makes a wonderful addition to the room!