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Poplar Hill Mansion, Salisbury’s oldest documented Federal home was built as a manor farm house, by Levin Handy between 1795-1805. This historic house museum survived two great fires that raged through Salisbury in 1860 and 1886, destroying most of Salisbury’s oldest structures. The Mansion, recently restored to its original historic colors is open to the public for free tours the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, private tours by reservation for a small fee, many fundraising events and exhibits, and available to rent for weddings , meetings and other parties.
In 2007, a professional paint analysis was done revealing the first 3 periods of paint colors used on the first floor. The interior paint restoration using the first two periods of paint was completed early this year. Favorite colors of the Federal period, golden ochre, Chinese red, and turquoise highlight the outstanding hand carved, cornices, chair rails and other woodwork. Faux marbling once again compliments the great arch in the center hallway, bringing this house back to its former glory.
This year the Board of Directors completed a formal serpentine garden on the back lawn ,with boxwoods, fountain, flower gardens and brick walkway with engraved bricks available for purchase. Long a favorite spot for weddings and summer parties, the back lawn is now as beautiful as the interior.
Upcoming fundraising events at Poplar Hill Mansion are the Sept. 21st tea and fashion show, Antique toy show, Nov, 12th and 13th,Fall luncheon and fashion show Nov. 16th, Yuletide open house, Dec.4th, and children’s Tea with Santa, Dec. 10th. For more information check our website at www.poplarhillmansion.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come experience the Federal period at Poplar Hill Mansion!