Farmhouse & Parlor
Representing the turn of the century our Farmhouse gives a peek back in time to how things might have been.
Starting with the kitchen we can see a gorgeous cast-iron and enamel wood burning stove surly the envy of all. To learn to cook on this stove takes patience, a stove like this can take thirty to forty minutes to reach a good cooking heat. The lady of the house would need to master fueling as well as how to adjust the drafts and dampers.
Furniture as storage in a kitchen was not only practical it gave an area to showcase some of the more collected items like the Yellow-ware bowls, crocks, and enamel ware. Lots of things that might have been found in a kitchen would have been a butter churn, ice box and a wash board.
How about a work table that kept flower and sugar and if you were lucky you might also have an inside pump for water. Most farmhouses would have “eat in kitchens” like this one for family meals. A special furniture item would be a step-back which held the families day to day dishes below and grandmas’ blue and white china above for all to see.
The parlor here is filled with furniture from the turn of the century from the velvet tufted settee to the needle point covered side chairs, tables and for warmth a wood burning parlor stove. For the family’s entertainment a Victorian pump organ provided a wonderful way to spend a nice evening.
The museum's collection of treadle sewing machines is to the right of the parlor as well as the sizable antique quilting rack, where the ladies would gather for quilting sessions.