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The Carlin House

Construction of the Carlin House was completed in 1845 and is one of the oldest and most unusual houses in our area. As a “grout house,” built by laying courses of a kind of cement on top of one another, it has won a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It is furnished with mostly 19th century antiques, some of which are original to the house. Thus, the house itself and the contents as displayed have historic significance. We have taken care to assure the historical integrity of the floors, wallpaper, lights, and furnishings so that visitors can gain insight into how our Palmyra ancestors lived.


Photo: Dining room in the Carlin House

Some of our antiques are labeled for easy identification. But the house is best explored with the assistance of a docent, who is always available during museum hours and by appointment. 

If you visit on your own, here are just a few of the items you might see while exploring the house:

First Floor:

  • ENTRANCE (from the Turner Museum), a wide variety of farm and household items, two men playing a friendly game of cards.
  • KITCHEN, complete with stove, pump, boiler, utensils, and homemade jam being conspicuously consumed by a young child.
  • DINING ROOM, fine china, cabinetry, articles from the Carlin and other Palmyra families.
  • MUSIC ROOM, not originally for music but containing an Edison cylinder phonograph, carved wooden organ, restored coal stove from a local barbershop, many other antiques.
  • PARLOR (living room), original or near-original furnishings, Carlin and Turner family photos, “paper punch” embroidery, tiny mittens knitted with toothpicks, “stereoscope” for viewing photographs in 3-D.

Second Floor:

  • BEDROOM, rope net bed supporting a “tic” mattress, many other antiques.
  • CHILDRENS’ ROOM, dolls, books, cradles, family bathtub.
  • SMALL ROOM, opening in inside wall shows grout construction of the house.
  • SEWING ROOM, early sewing machines, shoes, women’s clothing on mannequins and in closets, chests, cabinets, jewelry boxes, etc.


Photo: Two gentlemen playing cards in the Carlin House


Photo: Mother, daughter, and cat in the kitchen