Because tenant houses were relatively small, many of their living areas were open so the areas seemed larger. In the Hampton floor plan, the living and dining rooms were connected to create an open space for entertainment. After a long day working on the farm, the farmer would come home to a nice meal made by his wife and the family would sit in the dining room and eat. After dinner they may decide to listen to some music on the phonograph or read a book.
Kitchens were one of the most important rooms in the house. The tenant farmer’s wife would spend the majority of her day in the kitchen making meals for the family while her husband was working in the fields. The kitchen had most things kitchens today would have. There was a stove, sink, refrigerator, and cabinets. They even had some more modern conveniences such as a toaster! While many of the appliances they had in the 1920s are similar to today, they were much different in how they operated. They also had some unique appliances for specific uses such as the cream separator.
Bedrooms are much like today in that they have a place for sleeping and storage space for clothing. This bedroom is one of three in this house. This bedroom as well as one other included a closet space whereas the third one did not. Bedroom sets were common furniture in bedrooms. Dressers and wardrobes were commonly used to store clothing.
Also located in the room, hanging on the wall, is the marriage license of I. Floyd Garrott and his wife Edith Baker who funded the move of this house to its current location. In summer 2017, the house was restored through donations from I. Floyd Garrott’s granddaughter, Nola Gentry.
The Farm has 3 gardens where we raise heirloom varieties of produce. Heirloom varieties are older varieties of plants that have been selectively bred for farming. These varieties were commonly saved and passed down through generations. Today, The Farm raises several kinds of heirloom vegetables such as beans, lettuce, squash, and tomatoes. The Farm uses produce grown in our gardens in our Farm-to-Table dinners whenever possible. Produce is also available for purchase to the public when available.
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