Thanksgiving at Whitten House

We are thrilled to launch the Your Historic House YouTube channel with this video showing how we do Thanksgiving here at Whitten House – cooking on the hearth and in the brick oven.

Cooking in this way gives me a sense of connection to the past, and a better understanding of how much easier our lives are today! For millennia, humans cooked on open fires, only moving the fire to a contained iron box lifted off the floor in the mid-19th century. In the 175 years since that transition started, we’ve largely forgotten how cooking was done before then.

In challenging times, it is more important than ever to notice what we have to be grateful for. So take a look back and be grateful for the household conveniences of the 21st century on this Thanksgiving.

The restoration of the 1827 kitchen at Whitten House, including reconstruction of the missing fireplace, hearth, and oven, is one of the Example Projects in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, click here: Shop – Your Historic House.

“Restoring Your Historic House” is the perfect holiday gift for the old house lover on your list! Gift wrapping is available.

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