Restoration efforts in the spring of 2008 exposed a dull grey wall behind a 1950s kitchen. Upon examination, the drab colour proved to be original and bore the characteristic darkening towards the ceiling of years of gas lighting.
On account of this wall the room was selected to house our furnishings that are period to the house, c. 1870-80. It is designed to reflect the lifestyle of a Middle Class family during the Centennial Year of the Landing of the Loyalists in 1884, when thousands of visitors came to Adolphustown for the celebratory events.
The house was built with every luxury available in the 1870s such as built in closets, a boiler system, gas lighting and most notably a washroom. As a result there is evidence that very few upgrades were done while the Allison’s lived in the house. The photograph below shows an aging Allison with his family sitting before their Queen Anne mansion; however, the fountain behind them has long since fallen into disrepair and is now filled with weeds.