Civil War Room
The Civil War Bedroom is located on the second floor of the Van Kirk Homestead Museum.
Many Spartans served in the Civil War (1861-1865) including members of the Van Kirk family. The room has beautiful period furniture and is painted in what was a popular color at the time – it is appropriate to note that the reddish rusty hue was originally made from Franklin NJ minerals.
Hanging on the walls of the Civil War Bedroom, is Alexander H Ritchie’s engraving after the original 1864 oil painting that hands in the US Capitol, called “First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.”
Also hanging, is a chromolithograph and calligraphy commemorative document on “The Service of Captain Morgan Hart”, a relative of Sandy Karman, wife of one of the early President of the Sparta Historical Society.