FORESTVILLE - The Adams House opens its doors for the first time on Oct. 5, after two years of restoration. Levi J. Pierce built the Victorian Second Empire home in 1871. He founded the Forestville Cemetery and the Forestville Fire Company.
The house was more recently the home of Judge Lee Towne Adams, the attorney for the village and the school, and his wife Muriel Stang Adams. Many Forestville residents have fond memories of visiting the house when seeking advice or sharing stories.
The house's three stories and tower now contain Western New York antiques, books, paintings by local artists, quilts, hats and oriental rugs.
Merv Frey and his wife, the Adams' eldest daughter, Nancy have enjoyed the restoration process and watching the work of local craftsmen and artists, coordinated by Bill Astry's firm, R and N Construction.
The Adams house has a library, music room, and an oval dining room opening off its large entrance hall. The dining room mural of a 19th century river scene was custom painted. Crown moldings and central medallions announce the importance of the public spaces in the house. A three-story cantilevered oval staircase welcomes people to the more intimate family rooms. Four bedrooms and a study open off the second floor hall. The grained woodwork has been carefully restored.
The Adams daughters, Nancy, Carol and Jane, called the tower room the "stage" and starred in many performances in the room. Today, the "stage" contains a silver slipper shoe collection, 19th century German bisque dolls, doll furniture and a colonial revival dollhouse.
The third floor has bedrooms, a tiled bath and a "play room," where a game of pool or board games can be enjoyed. The tower room on this floor provides a beautiful view of the village.
The Adams house has hosted weddings, celebrations, receptions, concerts, chess games, house tours and Underground Railroad tours and has also been featured in a number of books and on national television.
The first tour since renovation will take place on Oct. 5 during the Forestville Fall Festival. The tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $8 at local businesses to benefit the Forestville Fire Department and the J. Carter Knapp Legion Post.
The event will also feature a beer tasting at the barn sponsored by Dunkirk Home Brew.