On your visit to the Bevier House Museum, you will notice a significant change to the landscaping and to the appearance of our rooms. The house, with its long history as a family dwelling, offers a diverse and significant collection of local artifacts, artwork and cultural items.
Visitors to the Bevier House [When you enter the museum you] enter first into the center hall, [of the Bevier House. The center hall is] the hub of the museum. This is where we greet our guests, present our exhibitions, and where our programs are held. The center hall features an early Dutch table and a Palatine German schrank or cabinet.
The colonial kitchen and hearth are within the earliest part of the house. The room is arranged [displayed] as it might have been when it was lived in during the [early part of the]18th century. There are many cooking utensils, hearth tools and even a fold-up bed.
Just off the colonial kitchen, we have a wonderful collection of early farming tools and implements. This tool room, established by John Paul Remensnyder, was reorganized by and is now dedicated to Peter Sinclair.
The Victorian parlor houses a collection of furnishings, decorative items and portraits of the Elting Family, donated to the Society by Clarence Elting of Highland, NY. This room also displays paintings by Julia Dillon, famed artist during the 19th century in Ulster County.
The dining room is set up as it might have been for the early members of the Society to socialize or have tea.
Upstairs in the house are two rooms furnished as bedrooms, one for adults and the other for children.
Another room upstairs is filled with Civil War artifacts and memorabilia. The Civil War room houses the largest collection of Civil War artifacts on public display in Ulster County.
Also on the second floor is a small room that houses our collection of early American examples of articles to help with the home crafts: spinning wheels, a loom for weaving, and many items related to creating clothing and bedding.