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Phoenix Mill House

Green Peas for Corrinda’s Birthday
By August 6, 2020 Read More →

Green Peas for Corrinda’s Birthday

August 6, 1837 Fresh green peas are plentiful in the garden so I prepared them up for dinner today. I cooked them with sugar and mint which is how my mother said the English cooked them. Peas are Corrinda’s favorite vegetable so she was happy to sit with her big sister Lydia shelling the peas […]

Long Summer Evenings
By July 14, 2020 Read More →

Long Summer Evenings

July 14, 1837 We have been enjoying these long summer evenings. What a pleasant change from those short, cold days of winter. Just a few months ago we’d be in bed before it was dark under the table. Just too cold to stay up any longer. Tonight it was still light outside at half past […]

Fickle Weather
By July 8, 2020 Read More →

Fickle Weather

The kitchen garden first planting is complete, although its productivity may be prejudiced by delays in its undertaking. Fickle weather, the lament of all who crop the land, and my own distractions were partners in these halts. May our fall crop plantings be more timely.  Still and all, only the broom corn is yet to […]

A Wedding Quilt
By July 7, 2020 Read More →

A Wedding Quilt

July 7, 1837 My cousin’s daughter Mary is getting married. As is tradition, my cousin asked me to sew up a nine-patch quilt block to be part of a quilt done up for Mary. My scrap basket had enough printed material scraps from an old dress the girls outgrew. I’m quite proud of my signature […]

Lydia’s Sampler
By June 16, 2020 Read More →

Lydia’s Sampler

June 14, 1837 Daughter Lydia has completed her sampler. She has spent many hours during these last six months working on her piece. It certainly kept her busy sitting by the fire or by candlelight during the long winter months. When I was growing up, my mother taught my sisters and me how to embroider […]

Two Rocks
By June 8, 2020 Read More →

Two Rocks

Worked up more garden ground in hopes of soon planting our warm weather crops of beans, squash, cucumbers and broom corn.  Despite more daylight, serving 12 hours every day in the Mill burdens my time for such other affairs.   While having turned this soil for several years, I am still picking stones from it.  […]

Samuel Prescott’s Garden
By June 2, 2020 Read More →

Samuel Prescott’s Garden

Each year, Samuel Prescott plants a dooryard garden at his mill house. This year, Samuel is keeping a garden journal and will share what is happening in the garden over the season. While fictional, Samuel’s journal is based on historic gardening techniques and plantings. In this first journal entry, he shares his methods for preparing […]

Nancy Prescott’s Diary- Rhubarb Cream Pie
By May 27, 2020 Read More →

Nancy Prescott’s Diary- Rhubarb Cream Pie

Nancy Prescott came to Peterborough with her husband Samuel and their children when he was hired as an overseer at the Phoenix Mill. Because of his position, they were able to rent one of four small mill houses. Their home was situated about 25 feet from the Nubanusit River on Samuel Smith’s downtown mill property. […]

Phoenix Mill House Bread
By March 23, 2020 Read More →

Phoenix Mill House Bread

If your bread supplies are running low, don’t make an unnecessary trip to the market. Try making a loaf of Phoenix Mill House Bread! If you have ever enjoyed a buttered slice fresh from the mill house beehive oven, you know this bread is a winner. We make ours in a wood fired oven but […]

A Christmas Recipe
By December 21, 2019 Read More →

A Christmas Recipe

Here is a delicious traditional dish from the kitchen of the Phoenix Mill House! Happy Holidays! Plum Pudding with Nutmeg Sauce1 cup sugar1 cup butter, room temperature1 cup milk2 eggs, beaten2/3 cup molasses1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking soda3 teaspoons baking powder3 1/2 cups flour plus 2 tablespoons1 1/2 cups raisins, finely chopped1 cup dates, chopped3 […]