When I was a child my grandparents' house (the house I live in today) had a detached kitchen. By the time I was born a kitchen (with a newfangled kerosene cook stove) had been installed inside the house. The old kitchen was converted to a spare bedroom. Eventually, termites and water damage did so much damage that the kitchen was torn down.
To my knowledge, the only original detached kitchen still on the island is at Cousin Blanche's house. Actually, the porch has been extended to connect the two structures, and the old kitchen is now a storage area, but it still looks basically the way it did many years ago. Here are three photos I took earlier this month:
Blanche told me she remembers when some islanders constructed outdoor temporary summer kitchens from saplings and tree branches. They would be used for just one season, then dismantled. But they served to keep the intense heat from the wood cook stove out of the main house.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Part II of Crystal Canterbury's
account of her first visit to Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052115.htm.