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Outdoor Kitchen & Hired Man's Room

 
 
Outdoor Kitchen & Hired Man's Room Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 29, 2019
1. Outdoor Kitchen & Hired Man's Room Marker
Inscription.  The Hanley House outbuilding includes the Kitchen and Hired Man's Room. The structure dates to 1855 and is original to the site. The kitchen once served as the slave quarter for the farmstead. After the death of her father, James Walton, Cyrene C. Hanley inherited one slave, named Lydia Jackson, from his estate. In 1860, four enslaved persons were living in this kitchen: a mother, aged 28, and her three children. Following the Civil War, Lizzie Jackson, a daughter of Hanley's slave, remained on the farm to work as a domestic servant.

When facing the outbuilding, the door to the right serves as the entrance to the kitchen while the door to the left provides access to the Hired Man's Room.

The Hanley family often employed farm laborers and as a part of their salary, they received room and board. The Hired Man's Room is furnished with a bed, a washstand, a wardrobe, and a fireplace to provide necessary comforts to the men working on the Hanley farm.

(Aside:)

While the farm hands would have enjoyed basic comforts such as a bed with linens and a fireplace, the Hanley family slave would not have
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been so fortunate. The slave quarter and the kitchen are one in the same and the Hanley slave would have likely slept on a straw mat laid out on the brick floor of the kitchen.
 
Erected by the City of Clayton and Clayton Century Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
 
Location. 38° 39.117′ N, 90° 19.926′ W. Marker is in Clayton, Missouri, in St. Louis County. It is in North Clayton. Marker can be reached from Westmoreland Avenue, 0.1 miles east of North Hanley Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of the Hanley House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7600 Westmoreland Avenue, Saint Louis MO 63105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hanley Farm, Past and Present (a few steps from this marker); Hanley-Clayton Donation Helps Establish the St. Louis County Seat (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Hanley House (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); A Community Remembered (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx.
Outdoor Kitchen & Hired Man's Room Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 29, 2019
2. Outdoor Kitchen & Hired Man's Room Marker
Marker is located behind the house
0.4 miles away); Barry-Wehmiller Pavilion (approx. 0.6 miles away); 100th Anniversary of Kappa Sigma at Washington University (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clayton.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Hanley House. From the City of Clayton's website, this is the page for the historic house. (The marker is one of four placed there.) (Submitted on February 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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