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Hampton National Historic Site

The spring house dairy

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The spring house dairy, built around 1850. The building was constructed in the middle of a spring or stream. A spring in the west wall (furthest from where I'm standing) flows in a perimeter trough through the first floor of the structure and back into the stream. The water kept the floor cool enough to store milk, cheese, and butter. The large overhanging roof kept the sun from heating the walls of the dairy. The outdoor oven (on the left side) was used to heat water for washing milk cans. The attic of the building was used to store empty milk cans.

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