Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies: Outbuildings and the Architecture of Daily Life in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic
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Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies: Outbuildings and the Architecture of Daily Life in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic

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In Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies, Michael Olmert takes us into the eighteenth-century backyards of colonial America. He explores the many small outbuildings that can still be found at obscure rural farmsteads throughout the Tidewater and greater mid-Atlantic, in towns like Williamsburg and Annapolis, and at elite plantations such as Mount Vernon and Monticello.

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Hardcover, 286 pages
Published April 10th 2009 by Cornell University Press (first published 2009)
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All you ever wanted to know about privies but were afraid to ask! And about smokehouses, outdoor kitchens, octagonal and hexagonal outbuildings, laundries, and icehouses (necessary to making ice cream in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries). This book is just loads of fun, beautifully written, a pleasure in every way for those of us mad about material culture and social history. Olmert's focus is the mid-Atlantic in the eighteenth century, but he guides his readers on a far-flung journey tha...more
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Michael Olmert is a professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park and a writer. His specialty is British Literature. He has a Ph.D. from Maryland in medieval English literature.

Olmert has written over 90 television documentaries, two plays, and two books. He has been awarded 3 Emmy Awards for his work on the Discovery Channel.

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