The Caldwell House Historical Tour, Part IV

Upstairs at The Caldwell House

The staircase leading to the second floor is a unique and memorable feature of The Caldwell House. Just over halfway up the main staircase, the stairs open up onto a landing, and then split to create a staircase on both sides going up the rest of the way to the second floor. No visitor to The Caldwell House forgets that beautiful staircase.

The floor plan of the second floor of The Caldwell is almost an exact replication of the first floor. Just like on the first floor, there is a wide hall which runs from front to back and a wide side hall leading to other rooms.  When The Caldwells first lived in the home, the second floor was used, with furniture removed, as a dance floor during parties.

One of the bedrooms on the west side upstairs is named GardenView. This peach-colored and bright room is decorated with a garden theme. After Mr. Caldwell had passed, Mrs. Caldwell used this room as her personal bedroom so that she could have a view of the back driveway in order to see what time her grandchildren came home from their dates.  If they were out late, she caught them every time.

Fleur de Lis is a bedroom upstairs, also at the rear of the house, which once had an exposed brick wall, now covered with sheetrock.  Today the room is decorated in a French theme.

Morning Glory is a large bedroom directly over the Master Suite downstairs, and the king-sized bed is set within a turret of windows.  This is the first room to receive the morning sun.  It has a sitting area with a gas fireplace and is one of the most beautiful rooms in the home.

The fourth room upstairs is directly over the first floor parlor. This room is used as The Caldwell House Bridal Dressing Room and its decor is charming – a favorite setting for bridal photos.

The upstairs balcony is on the west side of the home. When the Caldwells lived here, this balcony was a porch with a roof and screened in. In the summer, because there was no air conditioning, the family would place beds from one end to the other and family members would sleep out on the porch in the cooler summer air.

Originally, there was only one bathroom upstairs just off the main hall. This bathroom contains a huge clawfoot tub, which has been enclosed and surrounded with tile.  Mr. Caldwell was a large man, and one can only imagine how difficult it would have been to get this extremely heavy tub upstairs.  Since then, other bathrooms have been added inside the three guest rooms upstairs so that they all have private baths.

One notable feature to mention about the exterior of the home is a double outhouse with a metal roof at the back of the property.  Its two doors feature half-moon cutouts so popular on outhouses.  The outhouse appears to be original to the home.

We hope you have enjoyed The Caldwell House Historical Tour. If you missed the newsletters on the first three parts, here are the links to those newsletters:

Part I

Part II

Part III

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