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the second floor. The lack of visible support for the stairs has puzzled architects for decades, and one wonders how it could have been built by plantation artisans without trained help.

Then, as now, quiet luxury best described the interior of Berry Hill. The mantels in the ten major rooms are of imported Italian marble; those in the parlor and library are very elaborately carved, with caryatids supporting the shelves, and show a very strong French influence.

Marble baseboards, ornate plaster ceilings and cherry floors vie for attention with furniture of mahogany and walnut, in styles ranging from Cheppendale to Victorian. The only original wallpaper remaining, that in the dining room, is a stunning flock design in olive and gilt, and was imported at the time of the remodeling. Bruce family portraits