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Old House parlor
Category: Room
Continent: North America
Country: United States of America
State: Maine
Town: Collinsport
Locale: Old House
Appearances: Dark Shadows

The parlor was one of several rooms found at the Old House at Collinwood, a fictional residence featured in the daytime gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC between 1966 and 1971.

The parlor was the main living area of the Old House and was located just off the foyer, to the left when entering the building. For many years the portrait of Josette Collins hung above the mantle in the parlor, but after Barnabas Collins began his renovations in 1967, the portrait was replaced with a newly painted portrait of himself.

History[edit | edit source]

1968[edit | edit source]

An injured and mentally unstable Joe Haskell was kept inside of Josette's bedroom. He escaped from the room and found Barnabas napping in the parlor. He began strangling Barnabas in his chair with a curtain cord until Mrs. Johnson entered the room and drove him off. After Joe left, Mrs. Johnson saw to it that Barnabas was okay. (DS 614)

Points of interest[edit | edit source]

Secret chamber
A small secret room existed behind a book shelf in the parlor on the interior wall adjacent to the mantle. In 1796, Ben Stokes hid fugitives Peter Bradford and Victoria Winters inside this secret room shortly after they had escaped from jail. In 1840, the scheming Gerard Stiles correctly deduced that Barnabas Collins was a vampire and tried to expose him by breaking into the secret room. With the help of Angelique, Barnabas prevented Gerard from entering the room and discovering his coffin. In 1897, Barnabas Collins - again a vampire, attacked Dirk Wilkins and brought him to the Old House. He hid him away in the secret chamber until he could recover from his wounds, but Dirk escaped. Barnabas later had to conceal his coffin inside the secret chamber. The coffin was was discovered by Count Petofi (possessing the body of Jamison Collins) and Aristede, who forced Magda the Gyspy to reveal it's location. Fortunately for Barnabas, he was not present when they entered to drive a stake through his heart. In 1970, Barnabas imprisoned the vampire Roxanne Drew inside his old coffin and bound it within chains inside the secret room. A psychic named Sebastian Shaw discovered Roxanne's coffin and tried to destroy her, but Barnabas convinced him that he could keep Roxanne contained.

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