Research is the important basis for developing
a historic site including what the building and furnishings looked like, who
the people who lived there were, and what activities and events effected
their daily lives. Research can be conducted from SECONDARY sources
which are books and articles about the past or it can be done from PRIMARY
sources which are the original documents, newspapers, etc. from the time.
A good example of this can be found in
researching the type of cook stove that would have been used at the Five
Mile House. In secondary sources, you could find out what types of
stoves were generally used in the time period, but a primary source like the
Charleston Courier newspaper from the 1850s & 60s, gives
specific types of stoves available in Charleston at that time, including
Links to various research topics relating to
the Five Mile House are listed below.
1850s & 60s Stoves