That’s a great link. Thanks for sharing it. I’ve also heard that many old wooden homes had a separate kitchen just in case there was a kitchen fire. That way, it wouldn’t burn the house down, too.
My ancestor, John Beaty, had an old home that was built in the early 1800s. A descendant was still living in it in the late 1970s. It was she who told me about the separate kitchen which was also still standing.
When she died in the 80s, some folks came to evaluate the house. After tearing off some of the siding, they discovered that the house was originally a log home. Taken apart piece by piece, the house was reassembled at the Schiel (sp) Museum in Gastonia, NC, where it still stands, a monument to one of early families along the Catawba River.
Where the house stood was the last of the old Beaty land. There is an apartment complex there now. My brother lived there briefly. Funny how things come around like that.