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Phoenix Mill House

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 […]

Cup Cake- April 2016 Recipe of the Month
By April 21, 2016 Read More →

Cup Cake- April 2016 Recipe of the Month

This month’s recipe is for Cup Cake should not be confused with modern cupcakes. Cup Cake is so named for the ingredients, 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar and so on. At a recent hearth cooking demonstration in the Phoenix Mill House, we tried out a new piece of kitchen equipment that my demonstration partner […]

Our Kitchen Garden
By August 15, 2015 Read More →

Our Kitchen Garden

August is Eat Local Month and the kitchen garden at the Phoenix Mill House takes us back to the original eat local days, when a patch of dooryard was planted, tended, and harvested. In our kitchen garden, we are growing beets, carrots, parsnips, beans, potatoes, and culinary herbs. Our little kitchen garden is just beginning […]

Preparing for Hearth Cooking

Preparing for Hearth Cooking

This little garden outside the Phoenix Mill house is growing ingredients for our fall hearth cooking programs. Crops include onions, potatoes, celery, squash, and various herbs.