on July 23, 2001
I was amazed at the myrid of small rooms, they look so large on TV! Lined with plates and china used by every president and his family since Washington, the first room also displayed period furnishings and paintings. The dining room was filled with a banquet sized table, very elaborate, and was probably one of the larger rooms. Each was named for the color it was painted, the blue room, where most press releases occur, the red room, the green room, etc.. The largest room, the ballroom, was used during the civil war, suspended with clotheslines for laundry. The private quarters were not for public view.
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