Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dr. Pound Farmstead, Part II

The first addition to the log structure was the stone room. If you read Part I, you will remember that one room was used for living, dining, sleeping, and studying as well as the doctor's office. The stone room, which is very tiny, was added as the children's sleeping quarters. The children were laid cross ways in the bed and could sleep five! Beds and space on the frontier are in short supply when nine kids are involved. However, the sleeping arrangements kept the younger ones from rolling off the bed. In addition, the stone room was used, if needed, to keep patients overnight.

I am guessing the stone room is about 7' x 10'. If you look close you can see the edge of a small chest to the right of the bed. The chest is next to the wall. As a quick reminder, all the quilts in the photos throughout the series were made by Dr. Pound's wife, Sarah, or the Pound girls, granddaughters, or great granddaughters.

This is a Dutch window which was used to pass water into the room when it was bath time and is the only source of outside light in the room. Obviously, when closed, there is no light. A little historical perspective is all we need to realize just how easy we have it!

Part III is the dining room and kitchen.

Until next time, God bless.


AL said...

Lynn, I noticed that stone walls, we call that kind of stone as "piedra china" it is also the same slabs of stone used for old churches here.

I can't wait for the kitchen.


DJan said...

I am enjoying the farmstead very much, Lynn. Thanks for the detailed description. Great to travel to all these places through our blogging friends, isn't it?

Donna said...

Loved this little series Girl! How interesting!!! I LOVE history!!hughugs

SquirrelQueen said...

Lynn, I am enjoying the tour very much. I have been in similar cabins and it just boggles the mind to think of a large family living here.

The quilt is beautiful.