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Western Travel - Heritage Farmstead Museum (Part Five) - Plano, Texas - #TravelTuesday

Welcome to my weekly column #TravelTuesday featuring places I've discovered during my research trips or just wandering around in historical areas. I hope you enjoy my discoveries.

Last week we investigated the Farrell-Wilson formal parlor and the interesting pieces in there. Today we'll move to the next room, the informal family parlor.

Staged Family Parlor, photo from the Heritage Museum website

The room has been altered a little bit since this photo above was taken and now features a Depression-era family playing a board game, Monopoly. A Monopoly-type game called The Landlord's Game was invented by Elizabeth Magie in 1902 (patented in 1904). It evolved into what we know today by 1933, sold by Parker Brothers.

Just past the mannequin on a table in front of the window is an old-time radio.

Now we come to the fireplace which seems larger than the one in the formal parlor. Both feature wooden mantels, looking-glass mirrors, and colorful stone surrounds.

Here is a nice book cabinet with a modern-day interactive iPad in front of it. Notice the Holmes stereoscope viewing device on the top-right. These were popular after their invention in 1860 as they made pictures 3-dimensional.

An old photograph of the Wilsons (Ammie and Dudley).

Colored-glass electric chandelier.

A better view of the radio and an interesting red cushioned chair with an embroidered foot rest.

That's all for today. Next week we'll look at a few odds and ends in the downstairs hallway.

History of Monopoly - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_board_game_Monopoly

Learn more by checking out the official site - www.heritagefarmstead.org/

Heritage Farmstead Museum Physical Address: 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75075 Phone Number: 972-881-0140 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4:30pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: $3.00 per person (ages 3 and up) + $4 for tour of house

Photo Credit of Family Parlor - https://www.heritagefarmstead.org/plano-elegance-blackland-prairie-farmstead-1890-1925/family-parlor-223-2/

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