Rundlet-May House

Summer Kitchen and Scullery

The home was also built with a scullery, a place for household staff to clean vegetables from the garden and prepare meat from the service yard. Tasks such as laundry and washing were completed here.

An open hearth provided the household staff with a more traditional and familiar way of heating water and cooking. Household implements for collecting ashes and toasting bread were placed next to the hearth. This room was also outfitted with a set-kettle, a part of the Rumford cooking system.

This copper basin was set into the masonry block, complete with a firebox and ash pit to heat water for laundry and washing. A drain at the bottom of the basin was connected to a wooden trough that deposited the water outside.

Making it Modern

Desiring more modern kitchen appliances, Ralph and Gladys May, the last residents of the house, added a city water-fed sink and a General Electric refrigerator to the room. Historic New England has left Rundlet-May House exactly as it was when acquired in 1973.