National Geographic : 1956 Apr
455 Howell Walker, National Geographic Staff Miss Eleanor Perrin, in Goshen's Drawing Room, Plays a Tune on Musical Goblets Twenty-four glasses three to five inches in diameter fill the chest. When rubbed with wet fingers, the rims produce musical tones. Glasspiel and hydrodaktylopsychicharmonica are two of many names for this antique instrument. Goshen has remained in the Perrin family since 1824 (pages 462 and 470). To build Carter's Grove, for instance, tim ber was felled in the surrounding forests; bricks were made on the spot; oyster shells supplied lime for mortar. Smiths at the site hammered out nails and hinges as needed. Extensive pine paneling, the magnificent stairway, and other hand-carved woodwork throughout the house make it one of the most handsome residences in the Nation. In the impressive central hall I saw two huge allegorical paintings in the voluptuous style of Rubens. They picture Peace and Plenty. The latter shows several cherubim, one of them airborne, and a seated lady with a lion at her feet. "Is it a family portrait?" a visitor once asked. "Why, of course," replied Mrs. McCrea. "Those are my daughters with me." "What's the lion doing in there?" "Oh, that's my husband." President Tyler's House Spans 300 Feet When I approached Sherwood Forest, an other plantation farther up the James, I noticed a man moving fallen limbs beside the driveway. He turned out to be Mr. J. Alfred Tyler, owner of the property and grandson of the tenth United States President. Within the 12-acre yard around his home, hurricane Hazel in 1954 had leveled 75 trees, some of them planted by the former President. "In a way it helped us," Tyler philoso phized. "The grove needed thinning out."