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CHAMBER

In keeping with typical room-use of the period, the primary bedroom or “chamber,” as it was called in Mason's day, was located on the first floor of the house. Like the Little Parlor, this private space was less ornate than the public rooms on the first floor, although a lustrous emerald green finish on the woodwork and closet interiors enlivens the room. This color, applied about the same time as Mason’s marriage to Sarah Brent in 1780, was considered highly desirable at the time. The windows, as with all the other first floor rooms, had pocket shutters which could be closed for privacy and to buffer the cold drafts.

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