The parlour was usually the best room in a pioneer household. This room is where family portraits lined the walls and a small wood stove was used on cold winter days. The china cabinet housed prized family heirlooms, china, monogrammed silverware and linens. A tea wagon was used to serve guests using a silver tea service. The desk in the corner had numerous cubby holes and shelves to hold father’s mining ledgers and financial records. The rocking chairs wait in anticipation of a reader with a good book and the children often laid on the hearth rug while playing ‘parlour games’.