Hope Lodge
MEAT CELLAR
SCULLERY

DAIRY CELLAR

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The plaster in the ceiling of this room is largely original. The walls are plastered. The brick floor is early if not original. The plaster-lined trough along the edge of the room kept water from seeping out; water played an important part in keeping this room cooler than any of the other cellar rooms. The functions of the channels or indentations on the north and south walls of the room are unknown. The six wood remnants in the ceiling are probably from hanging shelves. With its lower temperature this room would have been used for the storage of beer and cider as well as dairy products. The room was cooled by evaporation; there was standing water in a trough around three sides of the room and a drain in the northwest corner. Containers were often placed directly in this trough to keep them cooler. The water was supplied from the well in the kitchen via a hole in the wall that ran diagonally into the southeast corner of the cold cellar. This hole would probably have had a wood pipe or a wooden funnel lined with metal to fill the trough. Cooling by evaporation requires ventilation. The two small windows may originally have been screened openings; ventilation on the opposite side of the room was provided by the slatted double doors. There is evidence of the use of hanging shelves in this room, used to keep rodents from eating the food not otherwise protected. The plaster ceiling would have helped to contain the humidity.




MEAT CELLAR
SCULLERY