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North Brevard
Heritage Foundation, Inc.
a non-profit (501c3) organization established April 2005

P.O. Box 653, Titusville, FL 32781-0653
321-607-0203
thepritchardhouse@yahoo.com


CRACKER HOUSE

The Cracker House was constructed on a wood frame of heart pine or cypress cross-sawed lumber, usually board and batten or clapboard on the outside, and usually consisted of two bedrooms and a parlor. It sat on piers made of coquina rock, stones or brick and sometimes logs. Floors were planks of heart pine or cypress, windows and doors were placed opposite each other to provide good ventilation, with wood shutters on the outside for protection. Roofing was made of heart pine or cypress hand-split shingles or boards, and sometimes tin roofing was nailed to rafters. Some had brick or stone fireplaces for heat, but most cooking was done in the detached kitchen, which was located at the back of the main house. Replication will be constructed using the same methods and materials.

A Cracker house with a detached kitchen.
A Cracker house with detached kitchen.




 

To Heritage Foundation homepage. To Pritchard House webpages. To Clifton Schoolhouse webpages. To the Gibson Houses webpages. To the Oliver's Camp webpages. To the Hutchinson Barn webpage
To the Ais Indian encampment webpage To the Indian War/Civil War Fort webpage To the Palmetto Hut of Early Settlers webpage To the Cracker House webpage