Keeping Warm in Colonial America

With less than two months to go until the official start of spring, the chilly, brisk air of winter is keeping us inside, warmed by our furnace or heating system, and out of the cold. But our colonial ancestors weren’t so lucky, solely relying on their fireplace for heat. The Franklin stove was invented in the mid-1700s by none other than Benjamin Franklin, and the first steam-based heating system was invented in the late 1700s (though it was only used in the inventor’s office). …

Jennifer Rogers

VP, Public Relations | Craven Hall Historical Society

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