For Visitors OnlyThe parlor was a special room where important visitors were welcome but the family wasn't.
As a ShowcaseThe Colby family's finest possessions would be showcased in the parlor.
For Family WakesWhen a family member died, his or her wake would be held in this room.
Marriage NegotiationsAnd many a nervous, prospective son-in-law probably pleaded for the hand of a Colby's daughter in this room.
The Duty of WatchfulnessA lithograph entitled, The Quiet Husband, has purportedly been displayed in the Colby parlor for over 250 years.
In the picture, the older husband has fallen asleep over a book of sermons entitled, the Duty of Watchfulness, while a handsome soldier can be seen having a dalliance with the younger wife of the sleeping husband.
The China CupboardThe corner cupboard in the parlor is a Georgian-style, arched china cupboard from the mid-1700s, with an elliptical fanlight and a keystone cornice. Made of pine, it is painted a gray-green 'bayberry.'