The small stone building to the side of the Keith House is a reproduction of the summer kitchen. Separate kitchen buildings served to protect the main house from fire and also kept it cooler in the summer months. The Keith House was originally built as a summer home and was staffed by indentured and paid servants, and enslaved people. They would have done the hot, sweaty, and often dangerous work of supplying the residents of the Keith House with food, candles, and clean clothing and linens from this small building. The small vegetable garden behind the kitchen is typical for the time and is maintained by a volunteer gardener.