I’d like to share the doors of Strokestown Park, The Irish National Famine Museum, County Roscommon, West Ireland.
There were castle doors from 1740,
lovely garden gates,
and an intriguing garden door at the end of a gorgeous covered walk.
If touring Ireland, I’d highly recommend this stop.
For instance, did you know that prior to the potato famine from 1845-1860, the average adult person in Ireland ate 7-14 pounds of potatoes every day?
Or that those who fled Ireland for America travelled on what they called a coffin ship that had a 30+% mortality rate before it arrived?
While some who stayed in Ireland and tried to feed their family built stone walls for 1¢ a day which bought one loaf of bread for an entire family to eat?
There are a lot of amazing and humbling facts to learn when you tour Ireland.
“Strokestown Park House is an 18th Century mansion which has been faithfully restored. It is unique in that it retains its original furnishings and professionally guided tours allow visitors to experience Georgian Ireland in its purist form. The beautifully restored six acre Georgian walled garden complex gives a unique insight into horticultural practices and garden architecture from the 1740s to the present day.
The Famine Museum uses a combination of original documents and images from the Strokestown Park collection to explain the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s. This collection boasts an extensive range of papers including actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine. ”
Mr. Soyer’s soup recipe for feeding the Irish poor laborers at the Ariana Mines, County Roscommon.
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, 10/13/16.