Single Room Cabin
The Devine family’s one room cabin was moved to the Ulster American Folk Park from Altahoney townland in the Sperrin Mountains near Park. Dating from the late eighteenth century, it is an excellent example of the type of dwelling occupied by many poor tenant farmers in the decades leading up to the outbreak of the Great Famine in 1845. (Get closer by clicking the images.)
A particularly significant feature of the cabin is the bed outshot - an alcove with a built-in bed extending into the back wall of the house, beside the fireplace. Apart from a crude table and a few 'creepies' or small stools, this would have been the cabin’s only fixed furniture. A family of twelve is believed to have lived in this dwelling.
Potatoes grown in the ‘lazy beds’ in front of the house would have been the principal source of food for the occupants. In good times, the small building at the side of the house would have housed some pigs.
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