The central hallway towards the front of the house. This space has become know as the Washington Room, in recognition of General Washington’s eight-day stay at Summerseat in December, 1776, shortly before the battle of Trenton.
The front and rear doors could be left open to provide a pleasant breeze through the house.
The main living room as it would have appeared during the Revolutionary Period. All furniture pieces are accurate period reproductions.
The dining room reflects the early Victorian years when the home was owned by Henry and Elizabeth Waddell. They once entertained the Marquis de Lafayette in their home in 1813.
The fireplace is an actual Franklin cast iron fireplace.
The front parlor clearly displays the rich, dark colors and wall coverings that were in vogue during the Victorian years.
Although originally designed as only a summer home, Summerseat was built with a fireplace in every room.
A bedroom as it would have appeared in the Victorian Era. Joseph Bonaparte, ex-king of Spain, and brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, unsuccessfully tried to buy Summerseat during his exile. He ultimately purchased a home in what is now Bordentown, NJ, but his beautiful sleigh bed is on display in this room.
The beautifully hand-crafted stairway cascades down to the main floor.
The center hall towards the rear door. The stairway leads from the main floor up to the third floor attic.