The brick homes were the pride of the community. They were few in number, but they represented significant progress and achievement. Nathan James Barlow described in detail the home his father built and the function it served, a description that could have been written about most of Chesterfield’s early brick structures: Our four-room house was built of brick molded and burned in Chesterfield. It must have seemed quite ample to Father and Mother when it was constructed. It had a kitchen with a small alcove to the entrance of the fruit cellar. Another room Mother called “the front room,” but in reality, it was a living room where much of the action of home living took place. The room, which was originally Father’s and Mother’s bedroom, was preempted by us boys, making it necessary for the rest of the family to sleep in the larger room which had been the parlor.