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Posted on August 27, 2021 at 4:47 PM by Melissa Dalton
Over the last month or so, the Archives has experienced some changes. Some of you may be aware that Greenewood Manor, the Greene County Nursing Home, recently closed its doors. As the staff began preparing the building for closure, they contacted us to see if we might be able to give much of the antique furniture that came from the old Greene County Infirmary, a new home. Of course, Robin jumped on the opportunity, and we began taking measurements and deciding what furniture could be removed or replaced to make space for the antique pieces – and we akin this process much it to a game of Tetris… finding the right fit for all the pieces!
Anyway, this week, we would like to highlight all the “new-to-us” furniture, and how it has changed the look and feel in the Archives. We also thought it might be fun to provide side-by-sides of the furniture in their original home – the Greene County Infirmary and/or Greenewood Manor!
The first step in getting the furniture was to move out the furniture we had in our spaces. We had a lot of mismatched furniture, and most of it was modular. As such, we were more than delighted to move it out! It made operations in the Archives a bit of a challenge for a few days, but it was well worth it.
Once the old furniture was moved out, we started moving in the “new” stuff! All the furniture in our expansion (room next to the reading room) was replaced, expect for the desk. We moved out a couple modular desks, a desk with overhead cabinets, and a nice refinished wood table. All the pieces were taken to the auction barn or other departments, except the wood desk, which replaced another modular desk in our reading room! We got five pieces into the office space, including a roll-top desk, dresser with mirror, three-drawer dresser, hutch cabinet, and small cabinet. Surprisingly enough, the space feels bigger and more spacious. We actually have some images of the furniture when it was still in the Infirmary, as well as some from when it was moved to Greenewood Manor.
Three-drawer dresser and small cabinet moved into alcove
Dresser with mirror and marble top in alcove
Same dresser in the Greene County Infirmary
We replaced the tables in our reading room, and two storage cabinets in our stacks. We also moved around some of the roller shelves to make room for the other pieces, including small drawer, antique hall rack/bench and a Victorian Secretary Desk.
Hutch, cabinet, and small dresser in main hallway of Stacks
Secretary while still in Greene County Infirmary
Robin also made space in her office for an antique vanity dresser, which has a marble top. We have two other vanity dressers, which are now housed in the Annex. One is displayed with a wash bowl and pitcher (see below).
You are welcomed into our Annex by a beautiful hall bench, which we just couldn’t fit into our main space, no matter how hard we tried. We moved a small cabinet and side table into the Annex as well (see below).
We are very excited to have all this antique furniture, especially considering it has such a rich history of once being housed in the Greene County Infirmary and Greenewood Manor. However, probably the most fun piece we received is a 1925 Victrola! And would you believe that it still plays?! Check our YouTube channel for recordings (links below)!
All these pieces add more character to the Archives, and we’re very happy the folks at Greenewood Manor thought of us as they began their closing procedures. We also could not have gotten any of the pieces moved, or our space arranged, without the help of our County Services department! The guys there worked hard and we truly appreciate their dedication to get the furniture here unscathed. And… if you would like to see it all in person, be sure to watch our Facebook page for our planned Open House in October!
Next week, be sure to check out our blog on the history of the Greene County Infirmary and Greenewood Manor!
Until Next Time!
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