5. There was a Secret Passageway

Exterior of Winfield Mansion.
Woolworth’s own bedroom honored the Napoleonic Era. Photo courtesy of Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company.

Considering Woolworth’s obsession with Napoleon, the period rooms that line the second floor of Winfield Hall fit his character. Some of these rooms honor the Ming Dynasty, the Elizabethan period, Louis XIV’s absolute rule, and Marie-Antoinette.

The Empress Josephine room housed Woolworth’s mistress. A secret passageway connected this bedroom to that of Woolworth. Woolworth’s wife lived in her own room that did not connect to her husband’s. In contrast to the elaborate Josephine room, her bedroom housed a single bed and rocking chair.