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

A Historical Tour of The Caldwell – Part III – Evangeline Master Suite

The Evangeline Master Suite, located on the first floor of The Caldwell House, is its most luxurious guest room and is used as the Honeymoon Suite, but of course any guest can choose to stay in this lovely room.  When the home was built, The Evangeline Master suite was not a bedroom but served as a second parlor.  As Mr. Caldwell aged and couldn’t go to church, he used to sit for hours staring out a window in this room at his beloved Methodist Church, located catty-corner to The Caldwell, listening to religious programs on his radio, and singing the hymns.  Mr. Caldwell previously went to a Methodist church down the street, but one day he decided it was too far away and he had a church built across the street. (photo by JLang Photography)

Mrs. Caldwell was quite a character, as well.  When the home was built, there was a tree on the west side very near the house.  When age prevented the Caldwells from climbing the stairs to the second floor, someone decided to take advantage of the situation.  The Caldwells became aware of a man climbing the tree and sneaking into the upstairs rooms to steal things.  Finally, Mrs. Caldwell, who was quite comfortable with a gun, decided she had had enough.  One evening, she listened for his footsteps upstairs while she followed him downstairs with her rifle.  When he stopped in a corner in a bedroom above what is now the Evangeline Master Suite, she aimed the gun and pulled the trigger.  The bullet went through the floor, through an armoire and through the ceiling above.  The man apparently wasn’t hit, but he did run out of the house and never came back again.

The room now has a sitting area with a gas fireplace. A king-sized sleigh bed is set within a turret of windows which are beautifully decorated with lace curtains. A large screen TV and DVD player are set inside a beautiful armoire and the room has a desk and chair for the comfort of our working guests. The honeymoon package offers an in-room breakfast.

The private bath contains a double Jacuzzi tub with a stained glass window above, a separate shower and pedestal sink. The bathroom doorway used to lead onto a side porch. In 2001, the Jacuzzi bathroom was added. (photo by Moore Photography)

 

 

 

The Caldwell Bar:

Formerly, this room which is adjacent to The Evangeline Master Suite, was used as a study or library, however, it now serves a more useful function – the bar!  The lovely wood bar and glass and wood cabinet containing various types of glasses for events add to the beauty of the room.