Heritage, Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1987 Page: 45
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beautiful winding stairway. Beneath the
stairway is a closet with a secret door that
leads to an underground passageway and
cellar. Stories told through the generations
claim that this was a hideaway for
The Allen House has two parlors. The
women's is accented with a fireplace and
a beautiful chandelier with a Lincoln
drape. These drapes were used in the
1860s when the country was mourning
the death of the beloved president. The
fireplace in the gentlemen's parlor has a
large mantle and a "smoking rail." After
dinner the gentlemen lighted their pipes
and cigars from the fireplace and then
engaged in conversation while leaning
against this rail.
In the John Quincy Allen days, the
dining room was used as a ballroom and
Martha Allen's friends played bridge in
the side yard under the oaks, sipping
lemonade served from a service porch by
Today the Allen House is the oldest structure in Belton, aging gracefully and maintaining all the charm
of an earlier era. Note that the columns have changed and the second-story porch has been enclosed.
servants. There are two "cooling win- Allen House has aged gracefullydows"
in the home. Eggs, butter, milk, each owner allowing it to maintain its ir
and so forth were placed in these win- tegrity and develop its character. At th
dows on a shelf, and servants put cloths time of this writing, the home is fc
in the top of the windows to allow cool sale-awaiting a new owner as the trun
air to blow on them. In the winter in the attic waits to tell more stories.
months, pies, cakes, and bread also were Justine D. Nygren is a free-lance writer from
cooled in the windows. Austin, Texas.
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