Lee Hall Mansion received its name from this primary architectural feature. Hallways were uncommon in most antebellum structures, considered an impractical and wasteful use of space. Consequently, only the wealthy had large, formal halls. The hallway has a twelve foot ceiling decorated with an original plaster rosette, depicting a sunflower and acanthus leaf motif. A brass, gothic lantern hangs from the rosette, which overlooks a hand-painted floorcloth extending the entire length of the hall. Two rooms are on either side of the hall, and an original staircase leads to four bedchambers upstairs, two of which are open to the public.The Ladies' Parlor
Like the hallway, the ladies' parlor is considered a formal space, featuring an identical ceiling rosette. Such parlors were often decorated lavishly with silk window treatments and expensive furnishings, which were upholstered in the most luxurious fabrics. Parlors were frequently used to entertain guests during afternoon tea and after a formal dinner, as it was customary for men to retire to the gentlemen's parlor and women to the adjoining ladies' parlor. The ladies' parlor features two game tables, period art, and other fine antique furniture. A pair of original pocket doors connect to the gentlemen's parlor.The Gentlemen's Parlor
THE GENTLEMEN'S PARLOR was used as the headquarters of Confederate Major General John Bankhead Magruder during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. In spite of Magruder's presence, the Lee family continued to reside in the mansion during part of the Peninsula Campaign. Consequently, the headquarters room features many items which would have graced a gentlemen's parlor; such as a plantation desk and books. During the war, Magruder and his officers would have used all available tables to lay out maps and campaign defensive plans. Consequently, the room features such tables set up as if General Magruder has just left the room.The Music Room
Across the hall from the headquarters room is the mansion's music room. A grand pianoforte, once owned by a neighboring plantation family, almost occupies the entire room. Musical talent was considered a sign of gentility among the planter class, and many planters went to the expense of having their children taught to play an instrument. The music room has wall-to-wall reproduction carpeting of a geometrical trellis design and garnet velvet curtains; thus, shaping the acoustics of the room. Restored pocket doors lead into the adjoining dining room.
The Dining Room
THE DINING ROOM features a neoclassical theme, from the wallpaper to the furnishings and fireplace mantle. A dining room table and several Federal style chairs and a sideboard occupy most of the room. Positioned between the pier, the wall space between two windows, is a gilded pier mirror. The mirror is strategically placed to reflect and maximize the light from a large candelabra positioned on the table. It would have been common to open the pocket doors during a party, allowing music to filter in from the music room. Most of the furniture could be pushed aside or taken into the hall to accommodate an evening dance.
The Master Bedroom
THE MASTER BEDROOM has a superior view of Yorktown Road, known during the Civil War as the Great Warwick Road. The wallpaper and window treatments are more lavish than those found in the girls' bedroom. A chest of drawers and a swing cradle can also be found in the master bedroom, as two of the Lees' children were born during the Civil War. The room also has an original mantle, which is thought to have been made on the plantation, and an original closet.
The Girl's Bedroom
Martha Lee's teenage half-sisters, Laura and Angie, used this bedroom. Young siblings, both girls and boys, often slept in the same room; however, older children of the planter class were typically placed in a room according to their gender. The girls' bedroom is decorated simply with painted walls and cotton curtains, however, it is a very light and pleasant room. As in the master bedroom, the girls' room features an original mantle and closet.