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Hearth Cooking- What’s For Breakfast

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Pots over an open hearth

The Prescott Family welcomes you to the Phoenix Mill House for a hearth cooking session devoted to the most important meal of the day- breakfast! What’s for Breakfast will feature a variety of recipes prepared using historical equipment over the open fire. Mrs. Prescott has chosen the recipes from Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book published in 1846. Stop in to see cooking and have a taste of one or more of the dishes. The day’s menu includes hot chocolate, Stale Bread Fritters, Rice Griddle Cakes, Pilgrim Cake, Fried Rice for Breakfast, Little Girl’s Pie, Little Boy’s Pudding, and Common Apple Pie.

After seeing the cooking in the kitchen (and having some tasty samples!), guests can visit the mill house parlor where Mr. & Mrs. Prescott will be discussing home remedies from the 1800s.

Hearth Cooking in the Phoenix Mill House is an open house program- guests can drop by for a few minutes or stay longer to learn about life in the mill house.

In the 19th century, the Phoenix Mill House was an overseers home for the Phoenix Mill, a large cotton mill that once stood at the corner of Main and Grove Streets. Overseer Samuel Prescott lived in the house with his wife Nancy and their children in the 1830s. The house is located directly behind the Monadnock Center’s main building at 19 Grove Street.

Guests receive a recipe handout with Miss Beecher’s recipes transcribed exactly as she wrote them in the 1840s. We have added notes for today’s cook that convert measurements and instructions to modern terminology.

Admission: Free, donations are encouraged!


Thank you!

Today’s program is made possible through the generous support of the Monadnock Center’s members and sponsorship from Monadnock Paper Mill. Thank you!!!



The Phoenix Mill House is a historic home built circa 1800. Two high steps are required to enter and exit the building. Restroom facilities are in our main building and are fully accessible.


February 10
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Phoenix Mill House: Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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