‘Moroccan’ room once fashionable

Tour visitors can see work to replace floor in front main museum room


Editor’s Note:  This is the second story in a series as the DeWitt County Museum begins its 2024 season.


CLINTON — If you tour the C.H. Moore Homestead mansion in the near future, you’ll have to not mind their dust as they renovate the floor in the home’s main front room.

But, in a way, the work adds to some of the house’s historical interest.

“In 1905, there was a girl named Kent in school, and she was given an assignment to write an essay about an old house in Clinton,” Homestead and museum director Joey Long told the Journal.  “So, the widow let her come in and write about this house.”

The girl described the main front room in her story, which included descriptions of decorations and artworks, and wrote about the popularity in the early 20th century of “Moroccan rooms”

Long said she believed it was the reason the room contains a large sort of north African-inspired painting.

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