Prior to the addition of the summer kitchen, laundry was done (winter and summer, rain or shine) in great tubs set over a wood fire in the back yard! When built, the summer kitchen attached to the house by way of the back porch and historically housed the laundry and also provided a place to put up vegetables in the summer time. Since Ella heated all water on a wood fired cook-stove, the summer kitchen kept this heat out of the house in the summer and a way to perform laundry tasks under shelter. Homer recalls that the family even put a regular bathtub in the summer kitchen, which replaced the Saturday night practice of placing a large tub on the kitchen floor and filling it with warm water heated on the kitchen stove. Although the summer kitchen was taken down in the 1970’s, Ellen and Steve have rebuilt this structure according to photo documentation. Today the summer kitchen has a large hot tub for use by guests for relaxing. The summer kitchen is accessible directly off the backyard by passing the old-fashioned cistern pump.