The Front Parlor

The Front Parlor was a room reserved exclusively for entertaining special guests.  At other times, it was "off limits" and kept closed.  The furniture was often covered with dust sheets when the room was unused.  Today, the Front Parlor houses a piano, melodeon, music box, two antique phonographs and other musical instruments that a Victorian family utilized for entertainment. In the days before TV, radio and stereos, families often gathered around the piano in song, or formed family musical groups, taking advantage of each family member's musical abilities.