Dining room, Korns farmhouse, Southampton Township, Somerset County.

Dining room, Korns family farmhouse

This 2008 photo shows a view of the room that was refered to as the "dining room" in 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. In my lifetime, meals were always served in the large kitchen, not this room. This room was on the north side of the east end of the house. Note the wooden ceiling.

Although I don't have a photo of it, the kitchen was right behind where I stood when I took this picture. The kitchen had built in wooden cupboards. In 2009 Uncle Melvin told me that the cabinets were there as far back as he can remember. Melvin reported that was also a kitchen in what I knew as the living room, when Melvin was little. He said that there was a couple of rooms. He mentioned a partition that Pappy took out when setting Melvin up for housekeeping that formed a narrow room of about 10 0r 12 feet.. It was used for a storage area, and “went out onto the porch”—which I think refers to a door out onto the porch. The presence of a kitchen on the west end of the house before Melvin set up housekeeping in the west end suggests that the house may have been used as a duplex at some time in the past, before the west end was set up for Melvin and his wife.

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