Artwork and other decorative treatments in the Hart-Cluett House
This tour will highlight the paintings and sculpture currently on view and look at how the families used artwork, wall papers and other decorative techniques to make a statement or celebrate special events. William Richardson Tyler, C.G. Beauregard, Erastus Dow Palmer and Samantha Huntley will be among the artists whose work is featured on the tour.
Educating the Hart and Cluett Families
From the Troy Female Seminary to Mrs. O’Kill’s boarding school in New York City, education has played an important role in the development of the 22 children that lived in the house. Drawing on the Hart Papers and Amanda Cluett’s diary we will look at education in the 19th and early 20th century.
Death & dying in the Hart Cluett House
Despite the many economic advantages the Hart and Cluett families had, they could not escape illness and death. This tour will explore the ways the three families dealt with illness and death in the 19th and early 20th century.
19th century technology in Hart Cluett House
Technology is evident throughout the Hart Cluett House. This tour will look at the systems that heated the house, the the stoves that cooked their food and the array of lighting fixtures that illuminated this 1827 house.
How the Hart & Cluett families spent their summers!
Second Saturday Hart-Cluett House Tour
Like most prominent people in the 19th century, the Hart and Cluett families escaped the heat of the summer. This tour will discuss how the house was “dressed” for the summer and where the three families went to beat the heat!
The Children of the Hart Cluett House
26 children were born to the Hart and the two branches of the Cluett families. 22 of the children lived in the house. This tour will focus on growing up in the house, including the children’s education and their role in the community as they reached adulthood. Using information gleaned from oral histories, diaries and bills, we will regal you with stories about two parties that took place in the house, one in 1855 and the other in 1904. This tour will explore all three floors of the house.
Illness and Death in the Hart-Cluett House
Using information gleaned from the Hart Papers and the Amanda Cluett diary we will tour the Hart-Cluett House from the perspective of 19th century medicine and burial practices that were used by the Harts and Cluetts. Discussion will include such topics as toxemia in childbirth, typhoid and yellow fever, quarantines, and burial practices. This is a tour that will cover all three floors of the house, the basement and first floor are handicapped accessible, the 2nd floor is not handicapped accessible.