The archaeological research at Riverside has led to the interpretation and reconstruction of a detached kitchen. In 1995, Riverside and archaeologists from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey began to search for a detached kitchen, which were common to most 19th century plantations in the south, and was mentioned in Moremen family oral history. The location of the building, its size, construction, and appearance were unknown from the oral history and written records. Thus, archaeological investigations were important to the discovery and interpretation of this important outbuilding.
The drastically different environment of America, particularly in the southern colonies instigated the adaptation to the landscape in the formation of a complex of outbuildings that surrounded the main house. For the kitchen, the heat of the summers and the odor of work inside were primary factors that led the removal of this important feature of the house to its own building. Also, the abundance of pests that congregated around food sources, such as the kitchen, was an important factor in the removal of the kitchen from the main house. In addition to the physical environment, changing social uses of kitchens and the institution of slavery also helped create the detached kitchen. By the late 1700s, this new concept of American farm architecture had become a tradition and the detached kitchen was focal point of the outbuilding complex.
Furthermore, the focus of public participation, programming, and education during the entire research and reconstruction process has made the research and reconstruction of this building an interactive experience for the public. Since it is a functional kitchen, 19th century cooking demonstrations take place there continuing the educational focus at Riverside.