Anson Jones’ named his farm after his hometown in Massachusetts. The house was moved to Independence, Texas, in 1936. The outbuildings are not original but the builders tried to stay true to the period.
This looks like it would fit over the head of one animal, but I don’t know what kind of animal. Notice the modern fire extinguisher. A fire would would consume all of the outer buildings since they are close to each other but away from the house: devastating situation for early settlers.
This drafty building would be miserable in the winter but I guess most of the carpentry and repair would have been done in the warmer months. So wide spaced trunks would have allowed some breeze to blow through.
The cast iron pots were what I would have expected to be used as wash tubs. Not sure what the other wooden buckets represented. The large pots were placed over a fire to heat the water. In the back ground is the house for the slaves.
This Luffa or loofah vine (Luffa aegyptiaca) is also known as a vegetable sponge or a dishcloth gourd. Young fruits can be eaten like cooked squash. When the fruit is mature, it can be used as a sponge.
And I thought these came from the ocean. Greek sponge divers gathered natural sponges. They dove naked holding their breath. The Turks also had a thriving sponge business. All that changed with the invention of Scuba gear.
Anyway, natural sponges from the ocean are different from these rough loufahs.
“You will always repeat the problems you refuse to take responsibility for.” Kris Vallotton