The elegantly furnished c. 1812 Federal style house on the corner of Wall and Main Streets is the culmination of the taste and vision of one man: Fred J. Johnston. An antiques dealer who attained national stature. Johnston spent more than 60 years assembling the outstanding collection of 18th and early 19th century furnishings and decorative arts displayed in the eight rooms of the historic house he rescued in 1937.He used the house as both his home and showroom.
A visit to the Johnston House today is very much like the intimate experience his clients enjoyed. With a small group of visitors, you’ll view each room and hear about the notable objects it contains from your guide. Mindful of how the masterly can be combined with the mundane, Johnston successfully combined the most valuable with the most modest objects. Your eye is led from one piece to the next by Johnston’s artistry in using colors, repeating them in the manner of musical notes that blend many elements into a beautiful harmony. The total experience is an immersion in the beauty and connoisseurship of our material past.
For tickets for a tour of the Fred J. Johnston Museum, please visit the reception desk in the FHK Gallery.