Each time we enter an historic house, we enter a showcase of an age that has gone by. My family and I visited Casa Loma in Toronto, a mini-castle that had once been owned by financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. While strolling through the rooms that are open to the public, we came across the sitting room. It was a grand room filled with natural light.
I could imagine the men and women of another age sitting in those chairs making social chit-chat.
I could imagine someone tickling out a tune at the pianoforte, perhaps even being accompanied by someone singing a ditty well-known at that time. I could imagine, too, the hostess pouring tea at the tea trolley and serving it to her guests. It is not often in modern society that we come across people drinking tea using a cup and saucer.
I enjoy walking through historical houses and seeing for myself the hints of a life lived in the past. At times I have a feeling of sentimentality for an era gone by, for an era that appears simpler. But when we leave the museum and hop into our modern form of transport, the wisp of nostalgia is borne away.
Do you enjoy visiting historical houses?
(This post was inspired by this week’s photo challenge prompt at WordPress.com)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013