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From: "rhoese" <>
Subject: Re: 2 door houses
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 07:29:09 -0500
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I lived in Lafayette, LA for 30 years. A great many of the older homes
there, built up into the 30-40's and from very early days have 2 front
doors. I heard a lot of different explanations for it and I would think it
might be the front parlor explanation except that in that locale few had two
parlors! It is interesting where it might have come from, but it seems
fairly universal.
Ruth Hoese
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Pumfrey" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 12:08 AM
Subject: Re: 2 door houses

> All,
> I currently live in KY and have traveled around the state and in
> states, where I have seen many smaller, older, rural homes with two front
> doors. The explanation I have heard is that one door opened into the
> and was used to welcome guests directly into the parlor. I do know from
> talking to older family members and neighbors that parlors were often used
> only for special company, but none of them ever said anything about an
> door. - Robert
> >Art and Sandi Wilson,
> >In my area of Frederick Co MD near Carroll Co MD and 12 miles from York
> PA, some
> >of the early houses made of brick baked on the farm had 2 doors. They are
> rapidly
> >disappearing here by the way!
> >Since I research the early German Baptist Brethren here as a hobby
> (sometimes United
> >Brethren and sometimes Lutheran switchovers), I find many with 2 front
> doors and some
> >with the old outside stone German chimneys (also in Washington Co MD near
> Smithsburg
> >and Leitersburg). Well sure it could be coincidence due to the Adams
> and the 4
> >or 5 bay homes and the fact that they were built between 1770s and before
> 1820s but
> >gee all the ones I do are from families that are Brethren. And then I go
> OH to see
> >where some of the other family lines went and they have 2 doors too just
> like the
> >ancestors had from MD, but only a few out there in OH are left. So is it
> Brethren,
> >probably NOT but the families were. Some of the houses have a trap door
> like or
> >expanding wooden platform used for dividing rooms in them too just like
> early
> >Brethren churches did for love feasts. So I stick to the houses with 2
> doors, the
> >orchards, the family cemetery with its sodium metabisulfite schist or
> engraved
> >tombstones enclosed by a limestone wall with periwinkle growing all over
> the graves,
> >the mill, the lime furnace to burn lime to go on fields (which
> unfortunately leads to
> >keeping ahead of the mine and quarry searchers of present day looking for
> calcium
> >carbonated lime or marble), the everlasting cedar trees (with some ash
> trees if the
> >wife is from Scotland for good luck), and too many other things to try to
> remember
> >but I look for automatically.
> > Old brick houses around here with 2 doors that I look at are
> Geiman,
> >Petry, Neff, Keller, Zimmerman, Cassell, Baile, Bankert, Miller, Myers,
> Danner,
> >Devilbiss, Nicodemus, Alexander, Nusbaum, Trimmer, Driver, Royer, Roop,
> Kemp,
> >Johnson, Doubs/ Dubbs, Schaeffer/Shaffer and too many other names that
> forgotten
> >right now from instant recall that malfunctions too much for me these
> Now the
> >real test is to figure out if the stone ones in Washington Co MD are
> Brethren, where
> >that stone is really prevalent resources for homes.
> >And ya know what, some of the homes have 2 doors in Switzerland too but
> of brick
> >but of a small diameter schist stone!
> >regards, Karen
> >
> >Art & Sandi Wilson wrote:
> >
> >> Hi, can you explain about the house with two doors?
> >> Thanks,
> >> Sandi

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