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Mabel-CA
Early American houses, how the deceased left the house

Does anyone know the origins of this practice?
Some early American house had a side or rear door that was above ground level; no stairs, landing or porch. My grandmother, born in 1895, rural Missouri, told me the door was for removing anyone who died in the house. The door sill was approximately at the height of a horse drawn buckboard or horse drawn hearse. She said the belief was the dead must not leave by the front door it being a bad omen. The living entered through the front door. The house my grandmother grew up in had such a door.

What was the door called?
Thanks.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Early American houses, how the deceased left the house

According to the legend, it is the coffin door.
Casey

CarlieAllSmile
Re: Early American houses, how the deceased left the house
Mabel-CA wrote:

Does anyone know the origins of this practice?
Some early American house had a side or rear door that was above ground level; no stairs, landing or porch. My grandmother, born in 1895, rural Missouri, told me the door was for removing anyone who died in the house. The door sill was approximately at the height of a horse drawn buckboard or horse drawn hearse. She said the belief was the dead must not leave by the front door it being a bad omen. The living entered through the front door. The house my grandmother grew up in had such a door.

What was the door called?
Thanks.

I really do not know the exact story about its practices in the early American house, but I came across ****** that such door you thought about is casket door or a coffin door. I hope, I got the information correct.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Early American houses, how the deceased left the house

FWIW-

I work alone at times in old houses where you know the possibility of someone having died there is 99%+. Sometimes I hear footsteps, or voices, or doors moving. Sometimes it feels like I'm being watched. I'm not superstitious nor am I worried- after all I'm just making the house nicer and everybody likes that :cool: But there's one house which spooked me, for three times a woman's voice loudly and clearly called out my name, and nobody in the neighborhood knew my name plus I was all alone there anyway. I still don't like working on that house but I do it and it hasn't happened since. If I were to see a ghost I might make just a coffin door by running through the nearest exterior wall to get my butt out of there ASAP!

Phil

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