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Mother's Sewing Room
A Look Back At Weatherbury Farm's Summer Kitchen Rooms


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"Our room was 'mother's sewing room,' a charming wood-floored, slant-roofed cubby with two skinny windows and a big view of a sunlit cow pasture. The king-sized bed and daybed were comfy and prettily appointed in blue and white. Knickknacks featuring a sewing theme were in abundance, and the bathroom boasted a claw-foot tub."
Karen Kane / The (Pittsburgh) Post Gazette, August 1, 2004


"Our quarters, Mother's Sewing Room, had a black-and-gold foot-pedaled Singer machine as part of the decor, drawing Arjun and Araxi's attention for hours. They also inspected the steamer trunk, which stored extra bedding, and admired the claw-foot bathtub. I swear they never noticed the room had no TV."
Suzy Walrath/Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, May 2006





The Summer Kitchen is being restored into a single cottage style accommodation.  The upstairs will be a bedroom and ensuite bath.  Downstairs there will be a living/dining room with a small kitchen. Prior to the restoration, the upper level of the Summer Kitchen was known as Mother's Sewing Room.

The bedroom will look much as it does in these pictures.  The main difference will be the sleeping arrangements.  On paper, it looks like we will have room for a queen bed and two twin beds.

Phoebe Murdock loved to sew in the summer kitchen -- hence, we named the room "Mother's Sewing Room." (The Murdocks were the first family to own the farm.)

In our initial restoration/renovation in the 1990s, we raised the ceiling (not the roof, just the ceiling), added a bath and replaced the windows -- with older ones!  The "original" windows were mismatched, in very bad shape and didn't let in much light. So we replaced them with windows from a 1790's brick home in nearby West Middletown (reputedly the first brick house west of the Alleghenies). They provide a wonderful view of  the pasture.

Mother's Sewing Room (which will serve as the bedroom for the Summer Kitchen Cottage) is on the second floor and is tucked under the summer kitchen's tin roof, the walls are sponge painted blue. The room has an ensuite bath with clawfoot tub and shower.


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Mother's Sewing Room is located on the second floor of the Summer Kitchen. This photo was taken during the initial renovation of the Summer Kitchen into two rooms..

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