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Phoenix Mill House

Sumac Tea
By August 9, 2022 Read More →

Sumac Tea

In our second installment of historic recipes celebrating NH Eats Local month, we dare you to be adventurous and use a local shrub to make a delicious tart tea. Mrs. Prescott serves Sumac Tea in the Phoenix Mill House. Her guests find it a refreshing summer drink that tastes somewhat like lemonade. Staghorn sumac (Rhus […]

August is Eat Local Month
By August 2, 2022 Read More →

August is Eat Local Month

August is NH Eats Local Month! To inspire your local eating, we have selected some tried and tested Phoenix Mill House recipes using ingredients that are fresh from the garden. This week, try a different way to eat up all those cukes with Mrs. Prescott’s recipe for Fried Cucumbers. Up until the mid-19th century most […]

The Mills Game- Old Fashion Fun
By December 29, 2020 Read More →

The Mills Game- Old Fashion Fun

Try making a Mills Game for some old fashion fun this school vacation. This ancient strategy game is easy to make from everyday household items and is a challenging game appropriate for ages 8 and up. The Mills Game, also called Nine Men’s Morris, is an ancient game going back to the Roman Empire (and […]

Holidays in the Mill House- Thanksgiving in the 1830s
By November 24, 2020 Read More →

Holidays in the Mill House- Thanksgiving in the 1830s

We are so excited to share with you our new series, Holidays in the Mill House! This first episode will take you back to the 1830s with the Prescott Family. See the preparations for the big day and learn about the foods and traditions that shaped the holiday we know today. Our next episode, Christmas […]

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.  […]