The Dining Room

It is often referred to as the “glass room” because of the number of windows, glass cases, and stained glass. This room honors the Gouverneur community. The walls showcase paintings from a local artist, Nonnie Caswell.

Gouverneur souvenirs are displayed beside an elegant library table. The Library table is very special and was made from wood salvaged from the Aldrich house on Barney Street after a fire.

You'll see samples of lace in the Dining Room. Gouverneur was once very well known for it's Nottingham Lace.

Helen Draper Casewell, 1897 - 1990 was a well known local artist whose speciality was architectural portraits and landscapes. Many residents have had their homes painted in miniature by Nonnie.

She is Gouverneur's "Grandma Moses" the museum is fortunate to own a number of her works. Nonnie even put herself in the scenes, like the in the painting of the Gouverneur Village park, which you will see on the wall over the library table.

A fun display of Gouverneur souvenirs sits beside an elegant library table. The souvenirs represent businesses and organizations who, over the years, handed out everything from calendars, to hand fans, to shoe horns. There are even more in the glass cases around the room.

In one of the glass cabinets, you’ll see a rare sample of Gouverneur Lace, made in the 19th century. Gouverneur was well known for its Nottingham Lace. The 80,000 square foot mill was completed in the spring of 1903 and boasted acres of hardwood floors. The ten looms that would be used to make the lace curtains that the plant would manufacture weighed five tons each, and consisted of over 30,000 parts.

Look for the large poster that shows what the Lace Mill looked like.

Dining Room Docent: Marilyn Scozzafava