AAUW Christmas Tour
Greenwood Home—Newport, Ohio
Note: Please read cards that identify the other beautiful
and old places in the house.
beautiful stately home is constructed with bricks that were made and kilned on
the farm. The walls are 18 inches
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,
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
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