Major Thomas' Bedroom
The Major used this large, well-proportioned room as his bedroom when the family moved into the newly-completed home in 1910. Later, when he modified Sunkist Villa and added a new wing to create Hotel Thomas, he “modernized” his room by refurnishing at the same time he was ordering stylish pieces for the new hotel. Family members have shared recollections and artifacts to help the Thomas Center Associates recreate this museum room. The furnishings and their arrangement not only illustrate the decorating trends of the time, they also reflect the Major’s own habits and personal touches, such as the photographs of his parents, his wife, Katie, and other family members. His old cedar box, a family Bible, a comfortable Morris chair and his ever-present cigars help us envision his private retreat at the end of a busy day.