The Log House is a typical frontier home. There is no electricity and no running water.
All cooking was done in and over the fire.
Survival on the frontier depends on preserving food to last from the end of October through the beginning of May. Without electricity and refrigerators, how would the frontier people preserve their food?
The first method to preserving food is by drying it. A tray of sliced apples is placed in a warm oven. The warm dry air circulating around the apple slices results in dried apple chips.
Dried beens are made by stringing green beans together with thread and hanging them near the fireplace where the warm dry air circulates.
The second method is pickling. Storing foods in vinegar will make them last much longer. Cucumbers stored in vinegar become pickles. Beets are another common food people preserve by pickling.
Meat can spoil very quickly. One way to preserve meat is to salt it. After the meat is butchered and cut up, it is placed in a barrel with salt. The salt draws the moisture out of the meat which will make it last much longer.
Another way to preserve meat is to smoke it. Hanging the meat near a smoking fire will dry it out and therefore it will last longer. This is how jerkey is made.
Today we get our water by turning on the sink in our homes. There was no running water in colonial times, so the frontier people would have to fill buckets with water from the nearest stream and carry it back to the house.
If you wanted milk back in colonial times, you had to get it directly from the cow! Today at Fort Roberdeau, there is a fake cow to demonstrate how this is done.
Milk from the cow can be used to make butter. By putting the milk into a container and shaking it over and over, the globs of fat in the milk stick together and you get butter.
There were no grocery stores out on the frontier. If you wanted greens with your supper, you would have to go foraging for them out in the woods.
Just like today, once the children’s chores were done, they enjoyed playing with toys. Toys in those times were much different, the were no electronics and no plastic. Toys were made out of wood and other materials from out on the farm like clay, rope, and corn husks.
This game of checkers was made using a painted piece of wood for the checkerboard, and sliced pieces of corn cobs for the checkers.
Oh no! A ranger just stopped by to tell us the enemy is coming and we need to flee to the fort. Time to gather our essentials and get moving!