Outdoor Bake Oven

Outdoor Bake Oven (HM1ZVY)

Location: Kutztown, PA 19530 Berks County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 31.059', W 75° 46.972'

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During the 18th century, every Pa. Dutch farmscape included an outdoor bake oven. Since Pa. Dutch farm women did not yet have woodstoves, they had to devise a way to bake. Most farm kitchens contained large open-hearth fireplaces, over which family meals were made. Baking in this fireplace was impossible.
Often shaped like a small hill, bake ovens were constructed from brick or native rock. A wood fire was built in the bottom which was separated from the top half by a stone shelf.
With the advent of the wood burning cook stoves, the outdoor bake oven fell into disuse.
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 433681 N 4485508
Decimal Degrees40.51765000, -75.78286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 31.059', W 75° 46.972'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 31' 3.54" N, 75° 46' 58.32" W
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Area Code(s)610, 484
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Baldy Alley, Kutztown PA 19530, US
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