By G-man and Olivia
Walnut Grove Plantation was built by Thomas Moore in 1783. Today it still stands with the kitchen, schoolhouse, slave quarters, and more. We visited this plantation to experience what life was like in the 19th century.
This is living room the main house. Our guide is showing us how they snuffed out a candle with a special tool that looks like tweezers. They never blew out their candle for fear of sparks flying. This room was used for reading, playing games, quilting and talking.
This is the parents'bedroom. We learned that they would take a hot bed pan heated from the fire and place it under the bed to help them keep warm. On the floor beside the bed, they had a trundle to pull out for the small children to sleep. They also kept a pot close to the bed to go to the bathroom until morning. It was too dark to go to the outhouse . They may not find their way to the house or a wild animal could come attack.
This is the dining room. It was attached to the back of the house close to the kitchen which was several yards away from the house. The kitchen could catch on fire easy, so they placed it away from the house. Across from the dining room, they had a warming room to prepare and warm the food brought from the kitchen.
G-Man's Thoughts- Touring the main house of the plantation was awesome. Seeing the house upstairs and downstairs was interesting. My favorite part was thinking about how everyone had to go to the bathroom during the night.
Lily's Thoughts- My favorite part of the main house was seeing the kids' bedroom upstairs. All of the kids had to sleep together in the beds all in one room. I would like sharing a bedroom.