To the left is the parlor; a socially important room. This room has a small wood burning fireplace in the corner with a custom mantle, painted in the same color as the passage woodwork, and slate surround. It is built with a square early colonial firebox using hand-molded bricks. A cast iron fireback leaning against the back of the firebox is decorated with a pineapple and helps reflect heat into the room. All the woodwork is painted bright green. Vibrant colors were used to brighten a room on overcast days or during the evening. There are no drapes on the windows; just Venetian blinds, which are historically accurate. Framed prints, such as the Amsterdam cityscape, are appropriate but the furnishings, especially a sofa, are more than an 18th century house would typically have had. Easy chairs, or wing chairs, would have been located in a bedchamber. Guests would have been seated on chairs brought over from the dining room. But here, modern comforts prevail. A large mirror with adjacent sconces helps light the room. Mirrors were used mostly to reflect light back into the room.