|Cook's Tavern (c.1822)|
I wonder how authentic the rebuilding of the fireplaces was (for of course, I suspect little of the masonry accompanied the relocated Lost Villages houses on their trip to Upper Canada Village.) I'm reading about bricklayer John Taylor building a bee-hive bakeoven in the traditional style, so I am hopeful. Having Stokes and Minhinnick in charge inspires a not inconsiderable degree of confidence.
|double box stove in the parlour|
Mantels are eminently more portable, as most antique dealers - and folks who have purchased a plundered older home- know.
Incidentally, a comment below from occasional visitors to the blog who have their own very interesting old house story to tell, included a link to Howell Harris' very technical and beautiful blog about old stoves. This link takes you to an astonishing post with illustrations of some wonderful examples of the stove designer's and maker's art. In case you don't get as far as the comments, I've included both links here - both very worthy ways to spend an hour.
|the taproom fireplace|
|and the hardworking open hearth firplace in the kitchen|
|decorative fireplace deferring to the box stove|
|below (well behind), the workhorse Rumford with bakeoven|
|the Loyalist Georgian Willard's hotel ( )|
|panelled pilasters and centrepiece of the neoclassical mantel|
|fluted pilasters on a fine tall mantel|
|Greek Revival 'Physician's House' (1840's Cook home)|
|with its two panel doors, and palour stove|
|Loucks homestead (1850's)|
|...with beehive bakeoven and cast iron cookstove|
in the summer kitchen
|UCV's many preserved log houses all have cooking fireplaces|
|a fireplace wall with panelled cupboards, bake oven door|
|open hearth cooking on a 30 degree C. afternoon|
|a fine Georgian mantel above an open hearth stone-built fireplace|