Rackliffe Plantation Milk House

Rackliffe Plantation Milk House (HM1NSW)

Location: Berlin, MD 21811 Worcester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 14.757', W 75° 9.637'

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Dairies (or milk houses, as they were more commonly called in the Mid-Atlantic region) were one-room structures constructed two to three feet below grade for coolness. They had brick or stone floors and plastered or whitewashed ceilings and interior walls. They featured long horizontal openings, placed high up under wide eaves. These louvered "windows" allowed for cross-ventilation for passive cooling and wires or shutters could be used to open or close them as the sun moved during the day. Mid-Atlantic dairies had linen, cheesecloth, or gauze screens to keep out insects.

Female servants or slaves made butter and soft cheese for the plantation in this outbuilding. The structure dates to about 1800.

The restoration and furnishing of the milk house was made possible by the Humphreys Foundation, Inc. and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
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Date Added Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 485945 N 4233116
Decimal Degrees38.24595000, -75.16061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 14.757', W 75° 9.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 14' 45.42" N, 75° 9' 38.22" W
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Area Code(s)443, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7000 Rum Point Ln, Berlin MD 21811, US
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