The Fire Pit
The fire pit was a familiar sight in the farmyard. When large kettles needed to be hung over a fire, the kitchen fireplace might not be big enough, but the outside fire pit was ideal. During spring, summer and fall, the fire pit provided hot water for laundry. It was a good location for seasonal jobs like maple sugaring, butchering, soap making or cleaning sheep's wool for spinning. Some families might also use a fire pit to dye yarn and cloth or to re-dye faded clothing.
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Washing greasy sheep's wool before spinning was hot and smelly work.
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Making Maple Sugar, 1847
The Pictorial Reader by Rensselaer Bently
Erected by Old Sturbridge Village.
Location. 42° 6.408′ N, 72° 5.931′ W. Marker is in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Old Sturbridge Village grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA 01566, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farming as a Way of Life (within shouting distance of this marker); The Graveyard (within shouting distance
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 17, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.