Purpose of the Room: Originally a detached building probably located elsewhere on the property and it appears to pre-date the 1812 house that it was eventually attached to. These dependencies were used to perform all the necessary labor-intensive work and drudgery associated with the upkeep of a household in those early times of our history.
Each day the iron cauldrons needed to be filled with water from the pond or well and then heated for the daily chores such as washing dishes or clothes and linens. Food preparation would have taken a large part of the waking hours along with the preserving of food, candle and soap making just to name a few of projects that would fill a day. These early households were self-contained entities needing to reply on their own resourcefulness in order to provide for their basic needs.
Dimensions: 13' 3" x 19' 3"; ceiling height 7' 9 1/2"
The predominate feature in the room is a large, open cooking fireplace.
This room has a beaded board ceiling which was very popular in the 1880's.
There is vertical and horizontal pine paneling on the walls and plaster on the remaining areas of wall space which is often attributed to the second half of the 18th century.
The windows in this room are early 20th century replacement but the two board and batten doors and the panel and batten door and their hardware are from an earlier time. The wrought iron "bean" thumb latches are impressed with the name W JACOT(S).
One door in this room will take you to a very narrow and steep staircase that leads to the second floor where we find a small landing and an open loft area that tradition states was used as slave quarters.
1. Walls - sections of white plaster walls and other sections of vertical and horizontal paneling. The paint had become badly alligatored due to so many layers of paint and the color palette on these walls were two coats of white, green, ochre and then milk paints of tan and brown and finally the original paint was oyster white milk paint. But believe that since this was used as a dependency the walls started out as being unpainted. The wood planks have a delicate line detail to them that was lost to so many coats of paint.
2. Trim - revealed various coats of white, apple green (ca. 1890), ochre and then the earlier milk paints of tan and brown.
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