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Western Travel - Heritage Farmstead Museum (Part Twelve) - Plano, Texas - #TravelTuesday

Welcome to my weekly column #TravelTuesday featuring places I've discovered during my research trips or just wandering around in historical areas. I hope you enjoy my discoveries.

Last week we stopped in the downstairs Master Bedroom/Sewing Room of the Farrell-Wilson House. Today we're heading back to the kitchen.

Staged photo of the Kitchen in the very back of the house.

When you step into the kitchen from the main hallway, immediately to your right sits the giant cast iron stove with metal exhaust pipe (just out of view on the right). There was a "warming oven" built in. We were informed that during the summer, cooking was most likely done outside due to the extreme heat and fire danger conditions inside. You can see the wide range of cast iron enamelware pots and different metal utensils.

A close-up of the stove top - note the steam vent on the enamel-ware pot. There's also an iron that would be heating on the stove. Since this was a wealthy family, they probably had a servant to wash and iron the clothes and a cook to make the food.

Another close-up of the items on the stove. Take a look at that interesting "Bake-o-Meter" porcelain thermometer. Right in the middle of the back is the exhaust vent pipe.

The built-in kitchen sink was installed about 1905 (along with other indoor plumbing features which we'll see later).

Right above the sink are the electric wires that were installed after 1915. At this time, people believed that wires inside the walls would overheat and cause fires so they had them installed on top of the walls.

The prep table complete with typical period tools and foods. Note the food pantry or pie safe in the back and the baby high chair to the right.

Another pantry storage cabinet and food prep station.

A very rarely seen artifact - the sign for the milk delivery (the amount pertains to their current needs). It's not often you find those hanging in windows so this is a nice treasure indeed! The stairs lead up to the small second story office (with the saddles and game table).

Learn more by checking out the official site - www.heritagefarmstead.org/

boy's Heritage Farmstead Museum Physical Address: 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75075 Phone Number: 972-881-0140 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4:30pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: $3.00 per person (ages 3 and up) + $4 for tour of house

Photo Credit of Staged Boy's Bedroom - https://www.heritagefarmstead.org

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