Today, Mom and I went to Gibson House.
David Gibson was a Land Surveyor in Upper Canada who migrated from Scotland. He was one of the ring-leaders of the 1837 Toronto Rebellion. Gibson fled to the United States. There was a reward of £500 if someone would turn him in. It was the same amount for Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount who were both executed for their involvement in the rebellion. (Read more about them in my post about the Toronto Necropolis.)
David Gibson's house was set on fire after the rebellion but he was able to return to Toronto after the Queen pardoned the people who participated in it.
We started our tour in the kitchen and they had just done some cooking.
There was a Joseph Rainer (Whitby) piano in the house.
Here is a picture of David Gibson.
This is one of his wife, Eliza Gibson.
Inside the parlour, they had a stove to help keep them warm in the winter.
This was more in the family area, closer to the piano.
This is a picture of the male-servant's room.
His mattress was made from straw.
He'd get heat from the kitchen's stove. You could hear what was going on in the kitchen downstairs.
They put a foot bath in front of the chair.
This was from one of the children's rooms.
They had lots of toys on display on the ground in this room.
This was the Gibson's bedroom. It has the fanciest bed. They would probably use feathers in their mattress.
I think this was a female servant's room.
This room was probably a guest room.
This was David Gibson's Office.
I like the sign that says "Responsible Government Now!"
Here is a picture of the dining room.
The sideboard was original to the house.
The clock was also from the house.
We went back into the kitchen and we learnt about how the oven worked. It would take hours for the oven to heat up and then they'd be able to bake in it.