04 September 2014

a couple more from Washington-on-the-Brazos

This is the reproduction of an outdoor kitchen. The interior was crammed with cupboards, work tables, and stores, and a huge open-hearth fireplace.

Hanging from two ceiling beams was a slave-powered "air conditioner" --- I don't think it would have cooled workers down very much.

In contrast, the slave cabins had an outdoor kitchen: a small work table positioned under an arbor covered with heavy green vines of some sort. Cooking done over a huge open fire with large poles to move the heavy pots.

I found the slave cabins' interiors more interesting than the "big house", showing how ingenious these people were with very little personal belongings.

Loved the stick-and-mud chimney!


  1. Hi Vicky! Nice to see your lovely sketches, it is rest for my soul :)

  2. What a lovely thing to say . . . Thank you!


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