The Forrest Meeker Home
The Forest Meeker House, a two-story brick house built overlooking the river is an excellent example of an early Federal-style “I House”. Meeker House Evolution has occurred over the 196 years since it was built. The house has been expanded and remodeled to accommodate the owners’ needs.
The “I House” is a simple form consisting of a rectangular two-story house with a simple gabled roof. This style of house normally had two rooms down and two rooms up. In the middle were the entrance hall and a stairway to the upper story. There would be two chimneys, one at either end.
The Meeker House Evolution
The “I House” main body of the house was built in 1823. Forrest Meeker and his family lived in the house from 1823 to 1845.
A two-story rear “ell” was added to the rear of the home sometime in the 1830s. This extension added two large rooms downstairs, each with a fireplace, and four bedrooms upstairs. It also included a one-story covered porch on its south side.
The Meeker Homestead Museum includes rooms in the original house: Porter Hall, Meeker Drawing Room, Delaware Gallery, Pioneer Bed Chamber, and The American Indian Gallery. As well as rooms in the 1830s extension: the Whetstone Room, Garth Room, Beard Room, Gilman Room, and Bieber Room,
A modern kitchen was added in 1973 by filling in part of the porch. A wrap-around bedroom suite was added on the west end of the “ell” in 1998. That suite is now the Bridal Makeup and Dressing Suite for Barn weddings.
A basement level extension was added off the south end of the original house for office space. This now serves as the Delaware County Historical Society business office.
The Meeker House Today
The nearly 200-year-old house remains in a remarkable state of preservation, inside and out. The windows and doors are mostly original to the construction, and the interior woodwork is walnut, painted in the formal parts of the house. The recesses surrounding the fireplaces have original wood cabinetry with paneled doors and trim, and the floors in the old portions of the house are original ash planking.