Amasa Day House
Backstory and Context
The house is furnished largely with objects owned by members of the Day family, including toys and locally produced ceramics and silver, and still features the original floor and stair stenciling applied to mimic carpeting. Also on display are a selection of photographs from among the thousands taken by pioneering art photographer Dr. Amasa Day Chaffee between 1890 and 1925. The house provides evidence of both the lives and lifestyles of the families who occupied the Amasa Day House between 1816 and 1967 and the periods of enormous change in American work and culture that they lived through. Their lives in the house span the American transformation from a traditional to a modern society that is familiar to us today.