Jul 14, 2006Public
Photo: built 1698, torn down 1863.
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Photo: An old house that stood in Lancaster, PA. You can see the old medieval style timbering.
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Photo: A very old house that once stood in Yorktown, VA
Photo: An old New England staircase.
Photo: Staircase from an old house that stood in Portsmouth, NH.
Photo: China cupboard in a house built in 1739. 
I had seen china closets with shelves cut this way behind glass doors, but the first time I saw one with solid doors I was somewhat puzzled as to why they did that. Since that day I've seen countless china closets with the exact same kind of shelves and solid wood doors. 
Apparently the doors were left open when company came to call and the rest of the time were shut to keep out the dust. The rounded center portions that stick out were made to show off china bowls.
Photo: Here's another china closet in bad shape, but you can see the inside construction better.
Photo: Pans used for openhearth cooking had long handles.
Photo: Note the bench within the fireplace.  These were the warmest places in the house to sit. Cinderella probably curled up in a spot just like that.
Photo: New England, 1735. The old fireplace and oven are shown here updated. The fireplace has been made smaller and a cast iron surround has been inserted. You may be able to make out the iron door cover of the oven, The ash oven is below it. You can also see how the chimney was built sloping back. The wooden panelling was added some time after the house was built. This is a very common treatment.
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Photo: 17th c. Note than fireplaces came in many sizes. Some were as large as a small bathroom, some were quite small. Some were wide, some, like this one, were tall.
Photo: According to the caption, the cook has just pulled the turkey, cooked with it's feathers still on from the ashes. This is a Virginai inn, partially built by Patrick Henry's father. It was dismantled and moved to Monticello.
Those poor women of the good old days sure spent a lot of time on the floor. If you haven't looked yet, check the Victorian kitchens out.
Photo: Here you see a sketch of set kettles, or as they came to be known in England, coppers. Large metal pots were set into brick. A fire would burn below, the bricks would heat. They were used to boil water for cooking or washing. Large pots of soups and stews would also simmer in them. They were invented by an American loyalist, Benjamin Thompson, who later fled to England. He is better known as Count Rumford.
Photo: A couple of old set kettles.
Photo: This sketch shows the inner workings of a set kettle
Photo: Kitchen of Tristram Coffin house, a 1683 addition
Photo: Bedroom of a house built in 1778, the furnishings are not all from that period. The painted window shades, for example were probably from the 1830's or 40's.
Photo: 17TH C. storage chest
Photo: late 1700's or early 1800's
Photo: Parson Capen house 1683. 
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Photo: Floorplan of the Parson Capen house built 1683.
Photo: Parson Capen house parlour. 1683