“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chesterfield in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Smoke House

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By Thomas Smith, July 31, 2021
1. Smoke House Marker
Traditional smokehouses served both as meat smokers and to store the meats, often for groups and communities of people. Frederick Bates had his own smokehouse that fed just the residents of this estate.

Food preservation occurred by salt curing and extended cold smoking for two weeks or longer.

Typically butchering, salting and smoking of meat is a late fall or early winter activity. During the summer months meat that was killed was typically cooked and eaten the same day due to the warmer temperatures.

Curing meat is done in two steps…
1. the fresh cuts are packed in tubs of coarse salt for about six weeks while the salt draws most of the water from the flesh.
2. Then the salted meats are hung in a tightly constructed wooden shed, usually without windows or a flue, in which a fire smolders for one to two weeks. the result is dried, long-lasting, smoke flavored meat that can age in the same smokehouse for up to two years before it's eaten.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce.
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By Thomas Smith, July 31, 2021
2. Smoke House Marker
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38° 40.099′ N, 90° 32.712′ W. Marker is in Chesterfield, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Thornill Estate Rd (at milepost 0.8), 0.2 miles north of Faust Park Road, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield MO 63017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thornhill (within shouting distance of this marker); Icehouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miles A. Seed Carriage House (approx. ¼ mile away); Alt School House (approx. ¼ mile away); Hoch House (approx. ¼ mile away); Mertz Log Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Conway House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sellenriek Barn (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesterfield.
More about this marker. It is behind the Thornhill Estate Home
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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