A Colonial Closet

This spring my family and I enjoyed visiting the Hampton House, a national historic house outside Baltimore, MD and managed by the National Park Service. Built in the 1780s, this Georgian mansion was once one of the largest homes in the colonies.

As we toured the lovely home and were in awe of the period furnishings, I noticed something interesting (at least to an organizer) on the second floor. This very large hallway had five grand bedrooms leading off of it, and in between each bedroom in the hall were built-in closets!

Perhaps the first built-in closets! Each closet was quite narrow and had pegs instead of the typical closet rod we see today, but I bet they were very fashionable and ahead of their time in the 1800s. Could you imagine if all your clothes hung from a few pegs?