Until the mid to late eighteenth century, fireplaces provided all the heating in a colonial home. Since they often acted as natural gathering places while people cooked or warmed themselves, many fireplaces were strikingly decorated. The tiled walls, firebacks, and overmantels at Philipse Manor Hall have seen more alterations than any other element found in the house.
There are six fireplaces in the house - one for each room, which reflected their role as the primary heat source for the house.
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