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Greenwood -Tour of Homes


 

AAUW Christmas Tour of Homes—1975

Greenwood Home—Newport, Ohio

Built 1908

Note: Please read cards that identify the other beautiful and old places in the house.

            This beautiful stately home is constructed with bricks that were made and kilned on the farm.  The walls are 18 inches thick. 

            As you enter the Living Room—immediately to your left is a melodeon believed to be the first musical instrument in Newport.  Note the red velvet button back love seat that was Grandma Greene’s, an antique butterbowl filled with greens, the old stone jars, copper pans, brass and irons and candlesticks.  On one mantle—glass hurricane candle covers, Cora Craft. 

            Hallway—Rosewood music rack.  Note large keyhole in hall door that is upside down. 

Bedroom to the right at top of stairs: The fireplace is in its original state.  Note the wide window seats.  The four poster bed is a cord or rope bed.  The ropes run lengthwise instead of crosswise which makes it unusual.  The Empire dresser and dressing table are mahogany and are very compatible to the bed.  A cherry candle table stands beside the bed.  Many a Greene and Geenwood baby has slept in the cherry baby bed. Gentleman’s wicker chairs flank the fireplace.  The painting of the Delta Queen was done by Helen Parr Fleming. 

Bedroom to the left of the stairs: A spool four poster bed painted white was originally covered with a canopy.  Early Wedgewood plaques are on the wall near the fireplace. 

Master Bedroom: This bedroom is massive.  The walnut in the bed has a beautiful soft luster.  The marble-top wash stand with the upturned back (splash board) is rarely seen now.  A mahogany desk has ball and claw feet.  From the windows in this bedroom nearly all of Newport can be seen. 

Fourth Bedroom: An early wardrobe and a small table with unusual turned legs are points of interest.  The painting of the “Gordon C. Greene” was done by Captain Jesse Hughs. 

Fifth Bedroom: This room was added about 30 years ago.  The ancient trunk is most unusual in size and shape.  The rocker with an oriental influence, a cedar wardrobe and captain’s chairs along with other maple pieces complete this room.  A child’s rocker with quaint carved back was used by Mrs. Greenwood when she was a child.  A winding stair leads to the downstairs but it is not used today. 

Back downstairs, the warm Den was formerly used as the parlor.  From the west windows you get a view of the Ohio River.  The chandeliers in this room and the dining room came from the “Chris Greene” and the “Tom Greene” riverboats.  The walnut secretary in the corner, brass candlesticks and sleighbells on the mantle and stone jars on the hearth are other points of interest. 

Dining Room: On the wall over the sideboard is a Venetian Mirror and on the sideboard, among other things, a glass Dolphin Compote in the Ribbon pattern.  The many handpainted plates were done by early members of the Family. On the mantle is a Copper Lustre pitcher and above the door a Flow Blue plate and a pewter teapot.  On the cherry table—a rare glass fly catcher vies for attention. 

Kitchen: In the pine paneled kitchen dining areas, above the windows, the racks hold Spode, Haviland and Royal Daulton plates.  In the center of the kitchen table the massive antique butter bowl holds a half-bushel of apples.  A huge key, butter paddle and brass dipper adorn the walls.  Off the kitchen is a closed porch now used as an office.

Out the back door to the screened porch: Note the boot scraper if you missed it on your way in and the hand picked, sandstone trough for watering the horses and now used for flowers. 

            We hope you have enjoyed this memory filled home with all of its lovely furnishings and appointments that have been gathered and saved, passed from one generation to the next, cared for by each so they may serve those who follow.

Attached to the above is a newspaper clipping, the source not shown:

A land grant from the United States government was secured by the Greenes.  Their son, Daniel, a sea captain, built the first brick home in 1808 for his parents.  The home remained in the Greene family until 1846.  W. C. Greenwood, a flatboat man, bought the property.  Mr. Greenwood’s son, Junius married Carrie Greene, a granddaughter of Daniel Greene.  Their son, William is the present owner.