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White Haven's Outbuildings

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 14, 2012
1. White Haven's Outbuildings Marker
Inscription. Operating this 850-acre farm required numerous outbuildings. These included a spring house built over the spring to provide a cool place for crocks of butter and cheese; a barn behind the main house for livestock such as cows, pigs, and sheep; and a lime kiln built along Gravois Creek to fertilize the pastures. The remaining two buildings before you serve as reminders of the work necessary to operate a self-sufficient farm.

Ice House
Preservation of perishable foods required construction of an ice house. Thick stone walls built into the side of the hill provided insulation and drainage, while a steep pitched roof with a louvered cupola vented out warm air. Large blocks of ice were cut from rivers and ponds in the winter and transported to the ice house. One room was packed solid with ice blocks layered with sawdust for additional insulation. Foods placed in the rooms were thereby preserved through mid-summer.

Chicken House
Chickens and eggs were an important source of food and income for White Haven's residents. Caring for chickens was usually the responsibility of women. Enslaved cook Mary Robinson had Grant's dog Leo help her catch chickens for dinners. Julia raised several special breeds as pets and later the caretaker's wife Sarah and her daughters earned about $400 a year selling chickens and

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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 14, 2012
2. Chicken House
eggs. The chicken house was moved to its present location by 1913.

Most farms kept at least fifty chickens on a half acre to produce enough eggs for family use and sale.
 
Location. 38° 33.125′ N, 90° 21.094′ W. Marker is near St. Louis, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Grant Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7400 Grant Road, Saint Louis MO 63123, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Owners of the Farm (here, next to this marker); New Buildings for White Haven (here, next to this marker); Slaves Only (here, next to this marker); The Roads to White Haven (here, next to this marker); The White Haven Estate: Other Houses (here, next to this marker); The Working Farm (here, next to this marker); Green Haven? (here, next to this marker); Outbuildings / ~150 Years Ago—Colored Troops (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
Categories. AgricultureAnimals

 
Ice House image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 14, 2012
3. Ice House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on October 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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