The house I live in is a traditional "story and a jump" Ocracoke house. It was built around 1865. As many of our readers know, I rehabilitated the house about six years ago. I often give friends tours of the house (they don't take long...the house only has about 1100 square feet of space). I always point out my one and only closet.
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It is in the downstairs bedroom, extremely small, and clearly an afterthought...with a door simply cut out of the beadboard wall. And I always ask my one trivia question, which I now pose to you:
Why did these old houses not have closets?
If you think you know, please click on the comment link below and post your answer (if I've already told you the answer please don't spoil it for others...and please don't post the answer if you had to look it up...just educated guesses please). I'll post the answer in a few days.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter, Looking for the Wahabs of Ocracoke, was written by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082110.htm.