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Keeping Room & Loft


Welcome to the "Keeping Room" - so titled because, in 1766 when the original structure was built, this one room "kept" the entire family.  Constructed by Daniel Parke, the building had a pantry (now the organization's kitchen), an attached barn and a loft, which served as the sleeping quarters for several of Daniel's and his wife's eight children.

The room houses the original fireplace, called a "beehive" fireplace, with its side oven. The entry way leads to the attached barn and the sleeping loft. The older children, as well as any overnight guests, slept upstairs in the loft, while the adults and younger children slept in the Keeping Room.

L. Keeping Room                                                                 Ctr. Beehive Fireplace                                                               Sleeping Loft

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