The Old Devon Farmhouse
Travel back in time as you enter the Old Devon Farmhouse, a life size reconstruction of an 1860 Devon farmhouse (known as a Barton) complete with sounds and smells.
This collection was bequeathed to the Museum by Charles Hay Laycock, who combined memories from his childhood with ones of older generations to write his book "The Old Devon Farmhouse" where he illustrated in great detail a mid-Victorian farmhouse. These descriptions were so accurate that four interior rooms - the front kitchen, the parlour, the back kitchen and the dairy and cheese room as well as a Linhay (a shed for storing farming equipment) - have been recreated from them in this gallery.
More information on the Devon Farmhouse Collection can be found in Peter Brears reinterpretation of Charles Laycock’s book ‘The Old Devon Farmhouse’ published in 1998(ISBN 1 85522 626 X ), with over 1600 items from the collections illustrated and available to purcahse in the Museum Shop.