Cole Cabin Farm House
Living History Sites
Cole Cabin Farmhouse (right), Greenville County, South Carolina 1790 and Cavender House Kitchen (left), Clayton, Georgia 1830
This story-and-a-half house is typical of early “up-country” homes. It was built from hand hewn logs of pine, with notched ends for quick assembly. Its split shingle roof and stone fireplace provided a moderately dry and warm place for the farm family to sleep and socialize. This enclosure also provided space for domestic activities such as spinning, weaving, and sewing. Interpreters often demonstrate these skills here. All cooking and some food preservation would have been done in the separate kitchen building. It is attached to the main house by a “dog trot,” to reduce the risk of fire damage. Meals cooked on the open hearth were eaten in the kitchen. Frequently, interpreters demonstrate period cooking.