A painstaking effort is already underway to acquire mid 19th century artifacts which will be located throughout the interior of the Stone Saloon. Whale oil lamps, captain's chairs, wood stoves, period clocks, portraits, and more will contribute to visitors' time-travel experience to this Pre-Civil War lager beer saloon.
LIGHTING / WHALE OIL LAMPS
The Stone Saloon not only pre-dates electricity; it pre-dates kerosene. Prior to the Civil War, candles and pewter whale oil lamps such as these (dating from the 1840s and 1850s) would have provided the only light during evenings at the Stone Saloon. Fortunately for the whales, these lamps burn liquid paraffin today.
Captains chairs such as these were commonly found on the steam boats that docked at the Upper Landing just below the Stone Saloon during the 19th century, and they became popular in 19th century saloons also. We've collected several dozen of these chairs for the Stone Saloon. Because they're made by hand, each one is a little different, bearing the patina of 100+ years of use. Unique beer deserves unique chairs--we're betting you'll find a favorite in each category at the Stone Saloon.
This 30-hour ogee clock with brass works was made by Seth Thomas in Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut between 1850-1855, and features a reverse-painted glass depicting the Battle of Saratoga. Revolutionary War themes were popular in the tumultuous decades leading up to the Civil War. Yes, it works; and yes, you will hear it chime on the hour at the Stone Saloon.
St. Paul was a small town before the Civil War, so it's not surprising that the Stone Saloon's original proprietor, Anton Waldman (shown in the center two portraits) was a member of the same fraternal organization as the building's original stone mason, Captain Jacob Amos (left two portraits). The grey portraits come from a composite membership poster of the St. Paul Order of the Druids taken in 1869; the sepia portraits are undated but probably date from around 1875. Waldman's story is told on our "History" page. Amos emigrated from Darmstadt, Germany to eastern Indiana around 1850, and then to St. Paul in 1855. He served with Minnesota's Fifth Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, participating in the Siege of Corinth (May 26-30, 1862), the Battle of Corinth (October 3-4, 1862), Grant’s central Mississippi campaign (November 1862-January 1863), the Siege of Vicksburg (May 18-July 4, 1863), and the Battle of Nashville (December 15-16, 1864), ultimately rising to the rank of captain of Company E. As a masonry contractor he frequently partnered with Christian Reinhardt (far right), who may have assisted in building the Stone Saloon in the Fall of 1857. Reinhardt went on to oversee construction of the Commandante's House at Fort Snelling and three federal forts in Montana. Many of their marks are visible in the masonry of the Stone Saloon--including an impression of someone's elbow and shirt-seam upstairs.