The first floor contains a parlor, dining room, kitchen,music room, officeroom (where Dr.Harris saw patients for awhile), a glassed-in backroom, and 2 porches.
A narrow ornate staircase,brought to Garnett by the Barndt family from their home in Ohio, graces the way to the upstairs of the home. Here, there is a master bedroom, two other bedrooms,"Granny's room," and another study room, along with a wonderful balcony overlooking Fourth Avenue's "White Way." A maids staircase also leads from the first floor to the second floor.
The maids room was opened in June 1992, and was cleaned, painted and furnished by Pres. Dorothy Lickteig & V. Pres. Shirley Campbell. Articles found in the attic, were cleaned, refinished, and are on display. From this attic, access can be gained to the cupola on top of the house where the Harris family would raise the flag for display.
The full basement has stone support walls beneath every wall in the house, and contains a wine and milk cooler which circulated cold well water throughout a cement tank, and a mangle iron. The basement is not yet open for public viewing.
Originally there were fireplaces in each room. These fireplaces first used coke for heating, and later steam heat was added. One can be seen yet in the library. Transoms are above each doorway to move the cool breezes through the house in the summer.
When ACHS members removed the ceiling tile which had been added many years ago, it was found the dining room ceiling had been paneled. You will find that in remodeling, the paneling was repeated.
Guy Rogers was president of ACHS in 1980 when the house was donated, and held an open house in the fall of 1981 to show what work needed done. In August 1986, Ona Mae Hunt assumed presidency of ACHS and held the grand opening of the home on Oct. 5, 1986. To these two people are given the credit for the leadership and hard work that brought the renovation of the house to completion.
Dorothy Lickteig took over as president April 1, 1992,and today oversees tours and upkeep. Carol Ann Askins Beller, Juanita Kellerman and Elsie Brown were the other ACHS officers at the time of renovation.
Others credited with help and assistance on the renovation were: Maurice Harrington, Don McAfee, Dick McCullough, Stanley Morey, Alvin Morris, Jim Cubit, Landon Kellerman, U.H. Hunt, Russell Kirkland, J.B. Peine, Omer Rockers, Mike Warzewski, Alan Quirin, Jon Hunt, Mary Ann Stevens, Dorothy Murray, Eva Gregg, Ray Parks, Bob Cramer, Tom Lewis, Albert Potter, Eric Sayers, George Raymond, Sam Mills, Lloyd Cramer, Joe Dougherty, Lawrence Kellerman, Gilma Rogers, Ed & Zula Foresman, Thelma Moore, Mrs. Ted Daulton, Donna Harris, William Walker, Ken Weide and Charles Walters. Bob Cramer did the stained glass repair.