Virtual Tour Curing House

curing house
Curing house in proximity to the main house.

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This building was used to cure meat using salt. Inside are hooks in the ceiling rafters used for hanging the meat. A lack of smoke and soot residue in the ceiling, plus its close proximity to the main house suggests that it wasn't a smoke house, but rather using salt and brine to cure meat.

inside the curing house
Butcher's table inside the curing house.

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View of the east wall, inside the limestone building. Note one of three round windows for ventilation. The port holes and vent on the roof were vital to the meat curing process. Inside on display are implements used in butchering; lard press, sausage stuffer, hog scrapers, knives, meat saw, hook, large iron kettle, and other tools.

doorway to curing house
Exterior view of the curing house with doorway access on the west side.

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Butchering usually took place in the fall. Hams and other meats were salted down, wrapped in cheesecloth, and hung on hooks in the ceiling of this building. The three port holes caused air to be drawn in from the outside, forcing the salt to move inward toward the meat's interior. This was a very common means of food preservation. Meat was also salted and placed in barrels filled with brine. Before the meat was consumed, it was parboiled to remove the salt.This structure was used as a curing house and beneath it is the spring room.

interior view of the curing house
Three port holes ventilate the curing house.

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Another interior view of the curing house showing portholes and meat hooks in the ceiling.

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Last updated: February 26, 2022

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