Friday, October 16, 2015

Captain George Flavel House Tour Experience in Astoria, Oregon

Recently, I toured the Captain George Flavel House in Astoria, Oregon, during my 7 day Coral Princess Cruise. Being my first time in Astoria, I wanted to experience something more historic. Among the many excursions, I decided to visit the Flavel House and have tea and scones. Before this tour, I knew nothing about Captain George Flavel, but I must say, he made a name for himself and left his own legacy in Astoria. He was a man who worked diligently for what he wanted. Captain George Flavel was hungry to achieve his own personal levels of success and that is a great life lesson for us all.

In this YouTube video, I share my experience, while touring the Captain George Flavel House.

My Flavel House Tour Review
To maintain the identity of this home, built in the 1800s, had to have been a huge undertaking. Every detail, from the wooden finishes, to the bed sheets, furniture, and kitchen accessories, must have taken many hours and even years of study to protect and maintain the history within this house. 

The Queen Anne style architecture is very apparent, and each room has its own charm and purpose. When I walked through the doors of this home, I felt like I was stepping back into history. It was an invaluable experience, to learn and see for myself, how an upper-middle class family lived during the 1800s. 

The tour guide was very well educated on the daily living practices of the family. She explained a lot about their lives and how each room served its purpose. The tour guide added a nice touch to the overall tour experience. 

Tea and Scones
The scones, pastries, and hot tea, was a nice addition to the tour experience before actually walking through the home. Everything was served in the dining room area of the home, with a lovely chandelier overhead. The fireplace, tall wooden doors and windows, set the mood for this room. It expressed a sense of style and class. The ladies serving the pastries and tea, were very patient and personable.

Flavel House Gift Shop

After the tour of the home, I went into the Flavel House Gift Shop where there were even more detailed information about Captain George Flavel and his family. There was a video playing in a small room, sharing how George Flavel worked to build his monopoly in Astoria. On the other side of the shop were displays of items to learn more about during this time in the 1800s. 

When I decide to go on vacation to anywhere new, I like to travel off the beaten path. This was one of the those times and I'm glad that I did. 

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