The Beaumont Heritage Society plans to reopen the Chambers House Museum beginning on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 with new safety guidelines in place. The museum will have set tour hours and offer three tour opportunities per day Tuesday-Friday at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm, and two tour opportunities on Saturday at 10am and 12pm. All tours are guided and will be modified as necessary to maintain social distance between our guests and our docents. Our goal is to provide an entertaining and educational experience in the safest manner possible when you visit our historic home. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Chambers House News
We are available for tours at the Chambers House Museum on December 26 and December 27 from 10:00am-3:00pm and on December 28 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Beginning the week of December 23rd, 2019 our museum will observe the following hours of operation:
We are available for tours at the Chambers House Museum on January 2 and January 3 from 10:00am-3:00pm and on January 4 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
We will be closed for tours on all dates not listed and will resume normal tour hours beginning January 7, 2020.
The Beaumont Heritage Society wishes you a very happy holiday season filled with joy and love!
October 1929 was an exciting time at the Chambers home. Miss Florence Chambers was turning 17, just the occasion for her family to host a Halloween costume ball in her honor. One can imagine the flurry of preparation – invitations to send out, choosing the menu to prepare and the music to play, decorating the first floor of the family home, and of course, selecting and making the costumes!
That evening, the rooms were hung with black and orange and gold streamers. Tall ivory floor baskets of sunflowers and goldenrod added to the festive atmosphere. The house overflowed with music and laughter as guests danced in the living room or enjoyed cake and punch in the dining room. We have no more details on Florence’s party, but perhaps they indulged in popular Halloween party games like bobbing for apples and telling fortunes. There may have been bowls of orange and black gumdrops, jelly beans, and hard candies, as was typical at the time. It’s possible that the costume and jack-o-lanterns in the Chambers Collection (pictured) date to this ball. It’s easy to imagine the lovely young Florence dancing the night away, with her friends and family surrounding her in her beloved family home on Calder Avenue!
A Collection of Family Handwork
The talented Chambers ladies created a myriad of handwork to adorn their life. Excellent seamstresses, they were also quite talented in crochet, embroidery, quilting, tatting and other handcrafts. The display includes dresses along with the original patterns, exquisite tatted and crocheted trims and doilies and hand stitched quilts. Found as part of the Chambers collection, these pieces are fine examples from the period.
Exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 24th. Tour hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is $5 per person.
A Collection of Work in Charcoal
Currently on display, enjoy a collection of charcoal artwork by Florence Chambers. Many of Florence’s works hang in the Chambers House Museum, but we are exhibiting pieces from her portfolio that have never been seen by the public. Florence chose a broad range of subject matter in her work, including florals, still-life and anatomy. This natural talent was honed by art classes taken while attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Throughout her life, Florence continued to take personal enjoyment creating works of art.
This exhibit will run through Saturday, Sept. 10th. Tour hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is $5 per person.
The Chambers House presents “Linens and Lace”, an exhibit of late 19th through mid-20th century textiles from the Chambers Collection. From beautiful tablecloths, to handmade doilies, and fashionable accessories, each item is a piece of art.
“Linens and Lace” will be on exhibit March 1 through April 30. Tour hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Please call 409-832-4010 to reserve for groups of 10 or more.
Work has begun to prepare Florence Chambers’ bedroom for painting. The trim, doors, and windows will be sanded and repainted. The Chambers House Museum will be closed February 5th-19th, 2016 while we get the room refreshed.