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The focal point of the Edwardian Library is its beamed ceiling, heavy architraves, and fireplace and mantle, fashioned after the one found in the great banquet hall of Warwick Castle in England. In the panel above the mantle shelf is the coat-of-arms and motto, "Solus Sto," of Ida Haraszthy Hancock's noble Hungarian family. Under the shelf is her warm expression of hospitality: "Tis my home and yours, my friend."

Portraits of Captain Hancock and his mother, Ida Haraszthy Hancock are also on display in the Library, along with a pair of stout medieval Florentine hand-tooled leather chairs, a Venetian mother-of-pearl inlayed Savonarola chair and an imposing nine-foot tall Oak carved Grandfather clock.

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