The Bedroom

This room, which was actually the girls’ bedroom, has been recreated to resemble where Maria and Pietro slept. The dresser is set with brushes, combs, and mirrors that belonged to the family or are from the period.  The Bottos slept in a brass bed. Swimsuits and other clothing hang in...

The Kitchen

The kitchen was a major center of activity in the household.  The large coal and gas range dominates the room. It was used as a heating source as a well as for cooking foods.  A table provided the space for food preparation; a cupboard stored pots, pans and dishes; an icebox kept food...

The Parlor

The most formal room in the house, the parlor was used for guests, weddings, and wakes.  Dominating is the oak mantle with its columns and mirror top.  It surrounds a fireplace where, in winter, a gas heater was attached to a pipe behind the hearth.  The clock had to be wound every...

The Dining Room

The dining room was another work area for the Botto family.  Here the family and the “boarders” were fed.  Here, Maria also “picked” silk on a frame, examining the bolts of broadsilk brought from the mill for imperfections.   This was another task to...