Wayfarer’s Room

The Wayfarer’s room and current ‘store’ were constructed following the Civil War when the larger tavern room was bisected with a wall.  The Wayfarer’s room is furnished to represent a tavern where the travelers and inn guests would receive meals.  Two closed stairwells are located in the back of the room – allowing slaves to reach the inn rooms above or to secure supplies from the cellar below. The meals for travelers were cooked in an external building now called the ‘Brick or Tavern’ kitchen.  In the day kitchens were separated from a residence in order to isolate cooking odors while reducing the risk of fire.  There was plenty of labor to bring food from the kitchen to the tables.