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Pantries of the Past

Since the Colonial era, Americans have reserved space to stockpile provisions, including homegrown and homemade goods as well as store-bought items. Today’s kitchen pantry can trace its roots to the buttery (or butt’ry), a place located in the cool northern corner of the early American home where ale and wine were stored. The name comes from the large barrels, known as butts, that held the libations. Buttery rooms were also found in medieval times in both European castles and large manor homes. Take a closer look at how several homeowners recreated the ambience of a Colonial buttery—you might just be inspired to create one of your own!

In their Nottingham, New Hampshire, home, which dates to 1763, Linda and Joe Harris dedicated an entire room to their butt’ry, where they line shelves with crocks, jars, bowls and glass canisters filled with foodstuffs. Dried herbs and flowers plucked from the backyard garden hang from the ceiling beams, and a center worktable allows Linda plenty of space to put together decorations for her home.

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  Photographed by Blackstoneedge.com and Styled by Donna Pizzi
A stack of wooden bowls in Linda Harris’ butt’ry holds a host of items she uses to create her garlands, including apples, star anise and cinnamon, while completed garlands adorn the window in the background. Find more of Linda’s home in the November 2018 issue of Country Sampler. Click here for larger image
  Photographed by Blackstoneedge.com and Styled by Donna Pizzi
While she keeps canned goods in a closed cabinet, Josie Casteel created a buttery in a corner of her Masontown, West Virginia, kitchen, thanks to a custom piece built by her husband, Jeremy, which features open shelving to display her yellowware, butter paddles and rolling pins. Small open bins are put into service for storing potatoes and onions. Find more of this home in the September 2017 issue of Country Sampler. Click here for larger image
  Photographed by Bill Mathews and Styled by Jaqui Taylor
Jayde Anderson allots one wall of her Graham, Washington, kitchen to her buttery, which she made by pairing mismatched cabinets. She uses the open shelves to showcase her colorful assortment of home-canned fruits and veggies as well as kitchen collectibles, including mortars and pestles. Find more of this home in the September 2019 issue of Country Sampler. Click here for larger image
  Photographed by Blackstoneedge.com and Styled by Donna Pizzi

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