The smokehouse dates from the 1800s and shows how people preserved food.
The Cayce Historical Museum is preparing to open its smokehouse exhibit in a building that has been around since the 1800s.
The museum, located next to Cayce Town Hall, houses artifacts collected over hundreds of years, telling the history of Saxony Gotha, Granby, Cayce, and Native American communities dating back to the colonial period. It has been around since 1991.
Andy Thomas, who works at the museum, says they just completed a special project.
“We created an exhibit here at the Cayce Museum where we explain to people how stored food was before refrigeration,” Thomas said. “We use our smokehouse from 1820 to do this.”
According to Thomas, there were four different ways of preserving food during this period. It can be salted and smoked, dried, marinated or fermented. Storing food this way was very important, especially in winter.
The museum acquired the building two decades ago and has been working there ever since.
“It was here in Cayce in a historic residence, and it was moved here in 1992. We’re lucky to have it, to be able to put this smokehouse exhibit there. It’s a real smokehouse,” Thomas explained. .
Since that time, staff have put a lot of effort into making the smokehouse an exhibit that the community can enjoy.
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And that’s not the only property from the 1800s at the museum.
“They are truly gems of this region because they preserve our history and our heritage in the region,” said Thomas. “I hope they learn a bit more about how people lived in the past.”
The museum hopes to make a grand opening for the new exhibit in the near future. To check out the smokehouse before this date, customers can ask the staff to see it and will always be happy to open it.
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