The Nanny's Room
Affluent Victorian families, like the Fentons, often provided living quarters for their young children on the upper floors of the home. A live-in nanny usually resided in a small room near the nursery. Children were cared for primarily by the nanny, and were seen by their parents only at scheduled times throughout the day. This exhibit deals with various aspects of a child’s life under the guidance of a nanny. Although Reuben Earle was born and grew up in the Mansion (born 1865), there is no evidence a nanny lived on the premises. This floor was originally the attic of the home.