Still in use at 136 years old! A close-up view of the business end of the cast iron brick-set range in the kitchen at Dow Farm. I’ve shared another image of the full range before, but this shows the cooking area more clearly.
The Cyrus Carpenter & Co. #5 brick-set range was made in Boston in 1885 and is in daily service in 2021. Wood is used for quick cooking fires in the warm months and coal is used for steady burning in the cold months, for cooking, heat, and hot water.
I have enjoyed many meals cooked on this range and spent many hours sitting in the rocking chair next to it with a cat in my lap, chatting with my friends who live in Dow Farm. It always feels as though I’ve been transported back to the 19th century even while we discuss issues of the 21st century. It is comforting.
Dow Farm is one of the 13 featured homes in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Complete Guide for Homeowners.” Read about the 40+ year restoration of this property and the unique partnership between a young man with a passion for preservation and the family that has owned the farm since the early 19th century which resulted in the farm being saved and restored.
The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.
Signed and personalized copies are available directly from me in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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