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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Everything Old is New Again

By Joni Lee, site staff at Sam Bell Maxey House
We are so fortunate here at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site to have actual items used by the Maxey and Long families who lived in this house for 99 years. Last May, we received an unexpected gift when several pieces of furniture were donated back to the museum.
The dining room now houses a table and 10 chairs that were purchased by Maxey’s son and daughter-in-law in New Orleans. The chairs feature detailed carved roses on them, and we know from historic photographs that the chairs have been reupholstered several times. Also, a beautiful crystal candelabra with five candles graces the table.

Today, we can listen to music on our cell phones, Ipods or MP3 players, but in a bygone era music filled the home via a Victrola. Instead of using a touch screen to pull up a selection, listeners had to crank a handle to wind up the player. We recently received a wonderful Victrola and numerous records that are now located in the parlour.
We also received an Eastlake-style side table with a beautiful inlay top owned by Senator Maxey and his wife, Marilda. It has a hummingbird and flowers in the center of the table made from various woods. This is also in the parlour next to the sofa and is a nice addition to the room.

**The Sam Bell Maxey House is located in Paris at the corner of Church and Washington streets in the Texas Lakes Trail Region.

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