Cooking in the summer kitchen during the hot months kept the house as cool as possible. The summer kitchen also provided space for larger jobs, such as canning at harvest time, laundry on Mondays, and bathing on Saturday night. During harvest time, when extra help was needed, the summer kitchen became the farmhand’s bunkhouse. During the Great War, farm hands were especially important for families with fathers and sons serving in the war. The summer kitchen building was an original log cabin brought in from Logan. It was built in 1867 by P.N. Peterson and is considered one of the oldest standing buildings in Cache Valley. This building has had many different uses, as a granary, a bunk house, a home and now displayed as a summer kitchen.