William Deery loved to entertain, especially when dignitaries were traveling on the Great Stage Road. What we may now call a living room was considered a Gathering Room (salon) where parties were held. “This was simply a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (Wikipedia).
The mantel and over mantel are believed to be the finest early 1800’s woodwork remaining in Sullivan County. During the restoration in the early 2000’s color matching allowed the early color schemes to be reproduced.