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Statehouse book gives a look at 1840s

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By Linda Hanabarger

As a volunteer tour guide at the Vandalia Statehouse, one of the topics that I touch on is the fact that only three pieces of furniture in the building are original to it.
Two are stoves, both Benjamin Franklin models. The Liberty stove, with an eagle emblazoned on it from the Walter Neuman Liberty Stove Co., was used as the model for the 12 reproduction stoves in the building. The second stove, known as a Sally-Ann model, has a bake oven on top and separate firebox below.


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