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The elegant 38-room Oliver Mansion, once home to the J.D. Oliver family, is one of three historic houses owned by The History Museum. We regret that house tours can accommodate only a limited number of visitors. There are multiple stairs in both historic houses. For more detailed information about the Oliver Mansion, click here.

The Dining Room is one of the more formal rooms in the Oliver Mansion. The Oliver family dined together in this room for most of their meals, whether it was a cozy breakfast for four or a formal dinner party. The ceiling features five mahogany beams and the walls are covered by a woven tapestry. There is a bay window and the upper sashes of the windows are leaded glass.
The Den was J.D. Oliver’s personal study. The hammerbeam ceiling and plaster relief give the room a decidedly English feel, which was the architect’s intent. The fireplace is the largest in the house and can hold a five-foot log. The family’s Christmas tree was always placed in the Den. A partner’s desk, where J.D. frequently conducted business when at home, is situated in the middle of the room. A sterling silver plaque on the back of the chair reads: “Joseph D. Oliver” and is marked “Tiffany & Co.”
Originally used by J.D. and Anna Oliver, the second floor’s Master Bedroom was strategically located close to the Nursery and the other children’s bedrooms. The mantel is this room is marble, the only one of its type in the mansion. After the Olivers’ deaths, the room was used by J.D. and Anna’s younger daughter, Catherine.
One of the more interesting features of the Kitchen is the 10-door refrigerator, which originated as the home’s icebox. The green linoleum was added during a 1930s’ renovation, during which a stainless steel countertop and Art Deco light fixture were also installed. The kitchen was the cook’s domain. The butler met regularly with Mrs. Oliver to discuss dinner menus and upcoming parties.