The Kitchen

I was fortunate to visit an old house in Delhi, NY that belonged to my 5x great-grandparents Gideon Frisbee and Huldah Kidder. It is now a museum and cared for by the Delaware County Historical Association. You can view more photos of the house as I have previously written about Gideon Frisbee here. I also wrote about how the house is supposed to be haunted by Huldah Kidder here. It is a Federal style house built around 1798. Let me turn our attention to the kitchen in this house. This is the first room I entered because I went in through the side door.

The rooms looks like they are staged and not the original set up but there is still interesting history here.

There is the sink with the pump.


Then there is the wood burning stove.


And the pantry.


I went looking for a recipe that may have been used in the area and came across a few that were in the papers of Laura Bostwick who lived in Delhi, NY in the 1800s. Laura is the 4th cousin of Jabez Bostwick who married Freelove Frisbee-Gideon and Huldah’s daughter. Jabez and Freelove are my 4x great-grandparents. I chose one recipe to feature here and left the spelling as it appears on the page. There are no instructions as to how to mix the ingredients or what temperature or how long to bake. They just knew.

Chocklate Cake

1 cup of sugar

butter the size of a egg

1 egg 1/2 cup butter milk

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 cups of flour

the cream

1 cup of sweet milk

1 cup of sugar

1 square of chalket


bostwick recipe
From Delaware County Historical Association

Go check out what other people are cooking up at Sepia Saturday.


12 thoughts on “The Kitchen

  1. What a great chance to see how your forebears lived all those years ago. The recipe for Chocklate Cake looks rather interesting. I like the “butter the size of an egg” measurement. 🙂


  2. Great photos and story. Kitchens are my favorite room to visit when touring historic homes. Very few survive in near original condition like this. My grandmother had a similar farmhouse kitchen with wood stove. It took a lot of kindling to keep one of those at a proper temperature to bake a cake.


  3. A beautiful kitchen, a sink with a water tap and the stove must have seen a lot of cooking and baking.The most amazing, that it was in your family. You must have heard whispering from the corners when you visited! The recipe sounds good and as you said one is supposed to know how to bake cake.


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