Bathing in the 1880’s

Taking a bath or shower today is no big deal, but back in the 1880’s it required planning and muscle. Tubs during this time were metal, anchored in a coffin-like box. Tubs were located in the kitchen to be close to the source of hot water, the wood stove. Water would have to be carried from the well, and heated on the wood stove. Once the tub was filled, father went first, then mother, then down the row of children, the youngest being last. Bathing was not an every day occurrence!

Our 1880 tub is located in the separate kitchen. Visit it and other kitchen artifacts from early Boerne on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from noon to 3 PM.

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