When visiting the Deepwood Estate in Salem, Oregon at the end of January
I was fascinated by the butler's pantry in the house.
After doing a little research I learned that during the Victorian era large homes
were built with a separate room between the kitchen and the dining room.
The room was often used as a staging area for serving meals and also
as a place to store china, candles, and linens.
Sometimes it was used for preparing sandwiches or had a small sink
for washing the silver and small plates.
When I have visited homes such as this one I had always wondered what
the pantry was used for, so it was fun to finally have a better idea now of the
special needs this little room provided.
Wouldn't you just love a room like this,
one that you can keep all the beautiful teapots, teacups, and linens
ready for an impromptu tea party?