The Discovery Hut was built in 1902 on what is now Hut Point peninsula. It is a prefab Australian outback hut, and it is actually not very suitable for Antarctic conditions. The field party stayed here for 2 winters. In the hut you can still find the fur mittens and the wool sweaters they wore and there is still food on the stove in the kitchen. The clothes are lying near the stove, presumably left there to dry. Boxes of food are scattered through the hut. It is interesting to see that Cocoa is in one of them; it is still a favorite drink here today! Besides a kitchen area, there is a food storage area, a meat storage area and there are stables for the ponies they used. Some seal carcases are lying near the entrance.
Several other expeditions have used this hut after the Scott party, but it is now off limits, unless you are accompanied by a hut guide (there are several on station, such as our dorm janitor). The huts are valuable part of the Antarctic exploration history and we are all trying to keep it that way. I have been in the Discovery hut twice now (the first time 10 years ago), but the second time was as good as the first.