I first noticed the Ferguson House this summer when we were on a different excursion. Little did I know then just how much I was going to learn about this beautiful house. Or the occupants who once lived inside.
Myrtle and William H. Ferguson would be considered one of Lincoln’s founding families, although they technically did not move into town until Lincoln had already been established for almost 30 years. But their home was built fairly early on and has now graced downtown Lincoln for over a century. I was privileged to write an article about the Fergusons and their lovely home in the December issue of the L Magazine. (Hopefully this link will soon take you to the place where you can click on the article – this is not quite online yet. You can also purchase the L Magazine at several area Lincoln stores too).
Currently the Ferguson House is the home of the Nebraska Environmental Trust. They have managed to make the 2nd floor into work friendly spaces while maintaining the charm. The first floor is rented out for parties and gatherings. Kacey is the one who gave us a tour. I so enjoyed meeting her – she brought the house and the Fergusons to life for me. So much so that our initial visit, which was just for a possible blog entry, turned into so much more. She also “introduced” me to Annie, the couple’s great-granddaughter. I have had a fewl enjoyable conversations with her – hopefully someday soon I will meet her in person. In the article, I wrote a lot about the Ferguson’s fascinating lives, so I decided this blog entry will instead take you on a “tour” of the house. (Especially since I wanted to take you home for the holidays 🙂 )
Multiple entries – ways to find yourself at home.
While the family furniture is now gone, the beautiful woodwork remains.
The kitchen is full of such fun things as a permanent marble pastry board, built-in flour sifter and an oversized ice box.
The bathrooms were thoroughly “modern” including a shower complete with liver sprays (evidently you really felt clean!)
Technology abounded in the house – including a permanent press, a phone intercom system to call the servants and even central vacuum. Glass cases were used to show that they had both electrical and gas lighting. They also had their own fire sprinkler system.
I really loved all of the windows – especially the amazing ones from the upstairs ballroom (picture featured in yesterday’s “Where Were We?” post). They lived across the street when the capital was being built – must have been quite the sight to see.
Want to find yourself on this staircase? This lovely house will be open to the public THIS Sunday December 8th from 1 to 5. Also open to the public – the Kennard House which happens to be next door. (More on that beautiful home tomorrow). Both homes will be decorated for Christmas. The Governor’s Mansion will also be open for tours at 3:00 after what is the big event of the day: the lighting of the state Christmas tree in the rotunda of the Capitol Building at 2:00 p.m. Our family is planning on attending – I am really excited about all of the festivities!
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