The first is the Freeman Farm. I never miss a chance to visit the Freeman Farm every time I go, because it's so full of life! Something is always happening there. Animals in the barnyard. Smoke curling from the chimney. Food cooking in the kitchen. This time, it was a bit startling to see the front part of the house "dyed" black (I was told it was dyed, not painted) because it was recently part of a movie shoot.
Good smells were coming from the kitchen...freshly baked apple pie aroma mingling with wood smoke. Ahhhh.
Just off the kitchen is the dairy room, where milk and cheese are made. The lighting in this room is always so luminous. Everything's so simple and elemental, beautiful and useful.
And off the other side of the kitchen is the drying room, where herbs and fish are hung to dry.
And the utility rooms at the back were occupied by...oh my...chickens! They, apparently, thought it was too cold outside and came in for some warmth.
While the Freeman Farm is a replication of a working farm from the 1830's, the next house, in stark contrast, is furnished and equipped as the house of a wealthy merchant of the time. Fine furnishings, beautiful linens, china, elaborate wallpapers, etc. can be found throughout the Salem Towne House.
This room, an upstairs bedroom, has a collapsible wall between it and another adjoining bedroom. Opening up this wall enabled the original owners to use the larger area as a ballroom. How fun it would've been to attend a small dance in this beautiful room!
I hope you enjoyed your tour!