"It has always been in the family," said Smoot's great-grandson, also named Reed Smoot. "My wife and I really just consider ourselves this generation's caretakers of the home."
As such, Reed and Julia Smoot have worked for almost 30 years to keep the house as close as possible to how it looked when it was built in 1892. To step through the door is to enter a home of the 1890s, with period wallpaper on the walls, chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, an antique rug spreading across the floor and the former senator's furniture lining the parlor.
"We just both felt very drawn to the whole notion of preserving for future generations," said Reed Smoot, who purchased the home from a family trust after his grandmother died.