Fielding Lewis' 1782 probate inventory lists a chamber on the first floor, which was furnished with a mahogany bedstead with bed curtains, a looking glass, and numerous chairs and tables. The furnishings indicate that this room was not only for sleeping, but also for gathering and sitting. In comparison to the chambers on the second floor, this one contained more expensive and fashionable furnishings so it was the best in the house and almost certainly for the master and mistress.
The center of this ceiling features a classical mask, which represents the sun god, Apollo, as suggested by the rays surrounding the face. The decorative plasterwork on the ceiling, the carving at the fireplace, and the fully paneled north wall suggest the importance of this space. Although it was more private than the dining and drawing rooms, its furnishings and architecture suggest the Lewises could have entertained family and intimate friends in this room.
A door to the right of the fireplace opens to a narrow passage. Through this door servants and slaves could get to the dining room or to an exterior door facing the kitchen, a smaller wooden outbuilding. When they brought water from the well for washing or firewood for the hearth, they entered through this passage door.
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