WWOC 17: Milk House

Milk House Relocation to Naper Settlement

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The milk house is a structure usually placed near a barn used to isolate fresh milk from the barn environment. These structures demonstrated the changing gender roles on midwestern farms. Traditionally, women made butter that could be sold on the market. The milk house shifted the farm economy away from products like butter to fluid milk sales, the part of dairy farming associated with men. The farm was still a family enterprise, but women’s work began to be secondary to main farm production.