These Mysterious Home Features Used To Serve A Purpose Centuries Ago

That Separate Mini House Is A Summer Kitchen

Large estates in New England may have an outdoor barn that’s not connected to the main house. These barns come fully equipped with large fireplaces and stone ovens. They’re called summer kitchens, where servants and slaves would prepare big enough meals to feed everyone on the property.

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Popular in the nineteenth century, summer kitchens were designed to keep the main house cool. Since all cooking was done on wood-burning stones and fireplaces, cooking in a separate house would prevent the family from overheating. Some summer kitchens included bedrooms for the servants and slave

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