One of the first things you spot upon entering Emily Dickinson’s Amherst homestead is an ingenious method for doing 19th-century laundry: a copper kettle is built into the kitchen chimney, providing heat for the wash water. It is just one of the comforts the renowned poet enjoyed during her many decades in the stately Federal home.
By Diane Speare Triant| Globe correspondent December 09, 2012
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