From my friend Mirl: "They would build the kitchen away from the house in case of fire. Also to cut down on the heat!"
From my friend Lonnie: "Notice two front doors. This was to allow the parents access to the porch after the young'ins went to sleep."
From my friend Judy: "Shelled peas many times on a porch like that."
She said, "Do you own that property? Aren't there No Trespassing laws in every state?"