The property was purchased by the county in 1997 and it was recently renovated and this is what it looks like today as a museum.
What is a drawing room? I wasn't sure either. Derived from a 16th century term, "withdrawing room", it is a room where visiting guests are withdrawn to a more private area of the house to be entertained by the owners.
I wonder how long it took to get everyone's attention. And, how did that boy sit up on that scrawny tree?
Richard Bertram "Bert" Barrett, son of a miner, lost his arm during a hunting accident at the age of 13. The law at the time required all severed limbs to be buried so his arm was buried at the Hacienda Cemetery not far from the mine; however, when Barrett passed away, he was interred at a different cemetery.
At the museum, we were informed that mine workers were monitored for the exposure to mercury. Surprisingly, two or three generations of mining families that lived and worked there did not experience any mercury-related illnesses.