Fireplace at Smith's Castle
Interior view of a brick fireplace, displaying metal cooking tools and lanterns. All the items have small labels, and scenic wallpaper is on either side of the fireplace.
The hugh [sic] fireplace at "Smith's Castle at Cocumscussoc," is typical of the sizes of fireplaces found in homes built in Colonial America prior to the Revolutionary War. This particular fireplace dates from the 1680's and is well equipped with the type of utensils needed to cook meals in those days. Between the two ladies and propped against two pieces of iron is a small wooden board which was the original type "griddle" for the making of Rhode Island Johnnycakes. Various types of herbs may be seen here drying for future use. Note the wide hearthstone which helped prevent dangerous sparks from igniting wooden floors.
Rhode Island Development Council
Museums & galleries
North Kingstown (R.I.)
55 Richard Smith Dr, North Kingstown, RI 02852, USA
10 x 8 inches
Rhode Island Collection, Providence Public Library
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