18th century

The Country Life: It’s Harvest Time… Right?

August 20th, 2012

When many people think of the harvest, they think of autumn. But another important time for gathering crops, not to be forgotten, takes place in the heat of the summer! Read More

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17th Century Child-Rearing: It’s A Hard-Knock Life

July 30th, 2012

Here at Pennsbury Manor we just finished our annual Colonial Summer Camp, and boy did they have fun! This summer camp features a number of activities that were common to Read More

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The Country Life: Growing our Clothes

July 17th, 2012

As the summer heat drags on, we turn our focus to an important crop we’ve been growing in the Kitchen Garden: flax. This reed-like plant has been used for thousands Read More

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William’s World: Men of Metal and Mettle

June 28th, 2012

Back in May, we posted an article on the Joyner’s Trade.  Now our intern Ray is exploring the blacksmithing tradition at Pennsbury and wants to share what he’s found! A Read More

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William’s World: Hi-Ho the Dairy-O!

June 13th, 2012

“My cow is a commonwealth to me… for she allows myself, my wife and son for to banquet ourselves withal.” ~  Food in Early Modern England A while back, we posted Read More

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Confessions of a Costumier: Dressing the Laborers

May 29th, 2012

About a month has passed since our 17th-Century Fashion Show, and we had such an amazing time!  A HUGE thank-you goes out to our lovely volunteer models (L-R) Mike Thomforde, Read More

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