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major 'type' of Plymouth housing was really just an enlargement of the second. The
crucial difference was a ground floor containing two full-size rooms, which
were normally set on either side of the chimney. One of these continued to
serve as the 'hall,' while the other was called the 'parlor' or 'best room'."
interesting because this term did not come into existence until much later in
Europe. So, was this indeed a real term, or one that was imparted into this scenario
by the author or others? There was no citation, so it could be either. I would
love to know more! Because the house was enlarged completely, this also meant
that all of the rooms, including upstairs, were also enlarged.
lofts were common in these houses, and they were usually identified by
reference to the rooms below (thus ‘parlor
chamber’ and ‘hall chamber’). Since the chimney was normally in the middle of
the house every room might have its own fireplace.”
(Again, no citation given by author.)
 John Demos, A
Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony. 3rd ed.
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.), 32.