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Basement of the Farm House


As with the barn, the rolling hills provided construction opportunities for the house as well.  This farm house sported a walk-out basement.  Being under the house and carved into the hill, the temperature remained fairly controlled in both summer and winter.  Such basements were heavily used for food storage of such things as apples, potatoes, onions, canned fruits, vegetables and meats and in many cases for the temporary storage of dairy products.  Except for canned meats the basement was usually not used for smoked meat products because the higher humidity was more conducive to the growth of molds and fungi.


Photo taken 2000


Provided by Dorothy Bayes


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