These are but a few of the treasures preserved as part of the Cupola House and its furnishings. The collection and the building have been preserved or acquired by the Association through purchases, gifts, or loans.
Each piece is carefully assessed as to its appropriateness to the period of the house. Furniture made in North Carolina is particularly desired, although the Association is aware many original pieces came from various areas. Each piece is studied and listed in accurate display item records.
The most striking visual impact comes from the house and its magnificent woodwork. The woodwork consists of pediments, mantels, and moldings and is unique and extravagantly decorative.
This elaborate and delightfully beautiful Georgian woodwork is the heart of the Cupola House. The near tragedy of losing these images for all time would have become a reality had it not been saved for posterity through the unselfish gifts of love and dedication to preservation by all those who have been, or are now part of the Cupola House Association.
The following pictures show a thumbnail view of what one would see during a visit to this historically significant house.
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Hall tallcase clock circa 1780 was a Dickinson piece. View into Dining room showing mantle and wall woodwork
Chippendale settee British 1765-75. Queen Anne rare card table. Chippendale chair 1740, silver tea set. Queen Anne mirror circa 1725-45.
Barrel back china cabinet, air twist glasses, Newhall English tea set 1781 original. 18th century candlestick.
Parlor mantle pediment, pole screen circa 1775, cellert, British 1760, andirons 1876, fireback dancing couple - original.
Dining table, British 1740. Cast iron fireback 1660-85. Silver epergne, presented to John Muir 1911.
Plantation rope bed circa 1790. Chowan river basin. Crewel work bedspread, embroidered and donated by Carol Becker.