Community Oven

by Rena

Original settlers from the Alps of Northern Italy of the Waldensian Faith immigrated to the US in the 1890s. Besides building their church and homesteads in North Carolina, they also built a community oven which can still be seen along with original buildings at the Trail of Faith open-air museum in Valdese, NC.

In the Foothills of North Carolina in the city of Pinnacle lives the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, depicting farm life circa 1900-1910. You will see the farmhouse, well house, smokehouse, tobacco curing barn, corncrib, fruit house and a reconstructed fruit and vegetable drying house.

And while you’re in North Carolina, the Historic Oak View County Park has an 1825 summer kitchen building.

In Grover, Cleveland county, NC there is a Presidential Culinary mini-museum, The Presidential Culinary Mini-Museum & Collections, inside the B&B “Inns of the Patriots.” The exhibit if from the collection of a former presidential chef, Chef Martin CJ Mongiello.

Cuba New York is home to the Cuba Cheese Museum housed in a modern building, but here is a photo of an early cheese manufacturing plant (click their history tab) along with commercial cheese-making history from upstate New York to Wisconsin.

If you’re in the area of Cattaraugus, New York, check out the American Museum of Cutlery and let us know on the message board what you saw there! Like

Great historic cooking posts about the 1900 farm at the Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa (just North of Des Moines)! At least four time periods are represented at the working kitchens. Below are photos of the 1870s kitchen and the 1850s cabin.

1875 kitchen.

Video: Lighting a Tudor fire without matches.

The Tudor Period was from about 1485 to 1600. Hampton Court was built for Wolsey circa 1514, before Henry VIII attained it in 1529. More information about tudor cookery, and more videos at