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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Aug 27

Antique Furniture Moved to the Archives

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.

County Services removing old furniture in alcove (JPG)County Services moving modular furniture out of alcoveReading Room after tables removed (JPG)

Reading Room after tables removed
Stacks hallway after most of storage cabinets removed (JPG) Main hallway in the Stacks after most of the storage cabinets removed

 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.

New three-drawer dresser in alcove (JPG)New small cabinet in alcove (JPG)

Three-drawer dresser and small cabinet moved into alcove

1925 Victrola with doors open (JPG)

Dresser with mirror and marble top in alcove

Dresser with mirror and marble top in the Greene County Infirmary (JPG)

Same dresser in the Greene County Infirmary

New roller-top desk in alcove (JPG)
Roll Top desk in alcove
Roll-top desk in use at the Greene County Infirmary (JPG)Same Roll Top desk in use at the Greene County Infirmary
New hutch in alcove (JPG)Hutch in alcoveAlcove after antique furniture moved into place (JPG)Alcove once all furniture moved in

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.

Small hall bench in the Reading Room (JPG)Hall bench in Reading Room
Small hall bench in use at the Greene County Infirmary (JPG)Same hall bench in the Greene County Infirmary
Reading Room with new tables (JPG)Tables in Reading Room
Tables while still at Greenewood Manor (JPG)Same tables at Greenewood Manor
Victrola while still in the Greene County Infirmary (JPG)IMG_0066Small cabinet in hallway in Stacks (JPG)

Hutch, cabinet, and small dresser in main hallway of Stacks

Small dresser in hallway in Stacks (JPG)Secretary in Archives

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).

Victorian Side-by-Side Secretary Desk in the Greene County Infirmary (JPG)Vanity Dresser with one marble top in Robin's office (JPG)Dresser with mirror in Greenewood Manor (JPG)

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).

Vanity Dresser with marble tops with a wash bowl and pitcher displayed on top in the Annex (JPG)Large Hall Bench in Annex (JPG)Side table in Annex (JPG)

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)!

Small cabinet in Annex (JPG)1925 Victrola with doors closed
IMG_00751925 Victrola with doors open
1925 Victrola with doors closed (JPG)1925 Victrola in Greenewood Manor

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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