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Caroline Underwood’s will specifies the following:

“I specifically direct and require that each item of Permanent Display Property be on public display at the MUSEUM or at similar appropriate location within Yates County, so long as each such item shall be in the possession of my Trustee or Co-Trustees. The Permanent Display Property shall be on such public display for not less than six hours a day and not less than 200 days in any calendar year.”

“Permanent Display Property” include these 44 items:

  • Rosewood parlor set consisting of a round marble-top table, corner what-not, Lincoln rocker, sofa and two fiddle back chairs. According to her will, the sofa, rocker and chairs were originally haircloth and have been reupholstered to antique velvet and needlepoint.
  • Six-leg cherry table
  • Eight-day clock with wooden works
  • Pair of Sandwich glass marble base whale oil lamps with brass stems that have been converted to electricity
  • Pair of Chinese vases
  • Eleven Hitchcock chairs, nine with original stenciling and two re-stenciled because of wear
  • Black iron mantel clock
  • Cherry chest of drawers with chimney-type corners
  • Rose china clock
  • Oak dining room furniture including china closet, table and six chairs
  • Cherry tester bed
  • Cherry chest of drawers that had belonged to her mother
  • Blue coverlet with corner block, “Caroline Cadmus, Benton, NY 1835”
  • Mahogany cupboard that, according to an undocumented note which was left with this piece, was brought from New York City by Erie Canal and stagecoach
  • Flax wheel with original flax
  • Stoneware butter churn
Why these 44 items? Caroline left no additional information and we just don’t know.

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