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Catharine Batcheller :: deluxe room   

Originally the master bedroom of Catharine Batcheller, this is a large deluxe room with a massive headboard cradled in a luxurious half canopy and furnished with original 1800's Batcheller family furnishings. This spacious room features a King sized bed, a sitting area outfitted with red velvet covered settee and side chairs as well as a gaming table and a carved white marble fireplace with candle inset. The light floral wall paper, burgundy drapes and light painted woodwork are all over looked by an original imposing double armoire. Bright morning sun is tamed by the original built-in wooden shutters that enclose a cozy reading nook. The unique shaped bath offers a spacious walk-in shower. A full cooked to order breakfast is always included!

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History of Catharine Phillips Cook Batcheller

Catharine Phillips Cook Batcheller was the daughter of James Cook, a local politician before becoming a State Senator and the State Treasurer. Cook owned two mills in Ballston Spa and founded the Ballston Spa National Bank. While the Batchellers were middle class, the Cooks were wealthy. When the house was finished it was in Catharineís name (very unusual for the time).

A graduate of Girls Academy in Albany, Catharine was multilingual (she kept a dairy at the Academy that still exists.) When Catharine was 16 her mother became too ill to serve as her fatherís hostess. Although only a teenager, she took over her motherís responsibility hosting Supreme Court Justices, Governors, and potential Presidential candidates.

Catharine was a woman of her times born before her true time. She adhered to the principles and practices of the Victorian Era, yet she was educated, strong willed, and a force in her own right.

It is doubtful Mrs. Batcheller ever went downstairs for breakfast. Servants would have brought her the mail, newspapers, and her meal. In this room she would attend to the duties of the true force behind the front.

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