Are you ready for this??? The answer to why they did not build closets in the 19th century IS: Each home owner was taxed On Every Room In the House. A closet would be considered a ROOM and more taxes would be owed. I had no idea!
the kitchen of the mansion was my favorite room. This is what we saw when we stepped through the door. the fireplace covered almost the whole wall. the smell of baking bread and bacon and coffee were tantalizing. I imediately hoped they were selling what they were cooking.
enlarge the photo to see the bacon sizzling, the coffee perking (boiling)
Before you go further can you guess what the pot is in the lower corner?
Now you can see it is a dutch oven. Can you guess what is in it? My favorite aroma was wafting out of it.
Did you guess biscuits? This is their oven and used to bake bread then, you raked hot coals out and sat the oven on the coals, put the biscuits inside (not the kind in a can at the store) put the lid on and piled hot coals on top of the lid. Be careful your long skirt does not catch on fire.
They did not run down to Starbucks or Barnies for coffee, they opened these containers, the dark is roasted, the light is raw coffee beans. Yes, you guessed it.
they had to ROAST it themselves in this next contraption.
this is a coffee bean roaster, it sits on hot coals and you have to manually turn the handle to make it roast evenly. NEXT....
Grind it yourself! Yum. then you have to put it in a pot and carefully hang in the open fireplace. And I thought my coffee maker was HARD.
For tomorrows post, do you know what this is?