Heavy hook in the basement of the Korns farmhouse, Southampton Township, Somerset County.

Heavy hook in the basement of the Korns family farmhouse

This 2008 photo shows a heavy hand wrought hinge that was pounded into a beam in the basement of the now-uninhabited 19th century Southampton Township, Somerset County family farmhouse that belonged to Daniel Korns, Jr., then to John Wilson Korns, then to Allen Korns. The hinge formed a hook, and as such as would have been used for tasks such hanging carcasses for butchering, hanging lanterns for lighting, etc. I helped with one butchering job in another part of the basement (under the porch), so I know that the basement was still being used for such purposes in the 1970's.

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