The Cherrytree Family

 

 

 

 

Living History (also called Experimental Archaeology, Historical Trekking, Period Trekking, or Experiential Anthropology) is an activity where we as 21st century people attempt a task that someone in our chosen time period would have done, using only the tools and equipment they would have used, or the knowledge we have gleaned from research.  Whether you are interested in the 18th Century Longhunter and you are out on a hunt using only period clothing and flintlock; if your interest lies in the Mountainman of the 19th Century, and you want to use period traps to try and catch beaver; or even if your interest is in cooking, and you limit yourself to the kitchen-ware and foods of your chosen period with a bed of coals for heat, yet you never leave your house - you are involved with Experimental Archeology.  These activities give us more insight into the daily lives of the people in our chosen time period, ultimately helping us to better understand history.    (adapted from HistoricalTrekking.com)

 

Isn't this just a grown-up's way of playing pretend? 

"It's deeper than that... you learn about their way of life, hardships they endured... you become them.  I've heard a theory about the office... the more plastic you touch - the more you need to touch real things.  Computers, PDA, cell phone, pens - all plastic.  So I escape to a world of wood, metal, linen, horn, bone, leather, beeswax & bear grease.  It's a way to stay focused on reality in this modern plastic world.  It's exploring how different my life would have been - and how early Americans felt and lived."

"Some of us get into it for the feel of the linen and wool.  How the briars slide off the leather as we move through the woods.  How the smoke smells in the evening and the coffee in the morning.  It's how the long barreled gun balances in your hand as you walk into a clearing on a river at a spot where you know five people were killed and scalped 200 years ago.  How your skin crawls when you look down and see a broken lance point in the rubble of a rock shelter.  You know what they went through and can retrieve the "feel" and pass it on to others.  Yep, it's pretend.  It's historic memory, historic consciousness, nostalgia.  Is that useless for us today in our modern world?"    

(quotes taken from posts of The Muzzleloading Forum members)

Download some great 18th century fonts:

(I use them on this website but you can't see them unless you download & install them):

Essays 1743, a font by John Stracke, based on the typeface used in a 1743 English translation of Montaigne's Essays.

 

JSL Ancient & Blackletter, based on fonts used by two English printers in the mid-to-late 1600s (Edward Jones and J. Redmayne)

 

 

Read about the Great Awakening of the 1740's

and how the truths that sparked this great

 colonial American revival are still relevant today!

 

 

18th Century Clothing

 

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The Basics

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18th Century Clothing - firft hand account from the

     Annals of Philadelphia by John F. Watson, Pub. 1830

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18th Century New England Life

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1700's - Rococo

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The Costumer's Manifesto - 18th Centvry

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Introduction to 18th Century Clothing

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The Silly Sisters Gallery

 

 

18th Century Musick

 

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Go to our Early Musick page

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Society for 18th Century Musick

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Musick of the 1770's

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18th Century Songbook - Excellent!

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The Boar's Head Carol

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Yankee Doodle

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Who was William Billings?

His hymn "Chester" (PDF format) was the

"Battle Hymn of the Revolution" in the colonies

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The Liberty Song - the first patriotic American song;

        lyrics by John Dickinson, musick by Wm. Boyce
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Be A Fifer

 

 

Christianity in the 18th Century

 

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Great Sermons of the 18th Century

       - a collection of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Bunyan and more.

 
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Westminster Confession of Faith of 1646 - "... As every man is bound to make private confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof, ...
 

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Westminster Larger Catechism of 1648 - "In 1643 when the English Parliament called the Westminster Assembly to produce the Westminster Confession, it also asked for a directory of "catechising". The Assembly asked Herbert Palmer to produce a draft of the Larger Catechism. Robert Baillie and other Scottish delegates found the work disappointing. In December 1643 a committee was formed to write the Catechism. In January 1647 the Assembly gave up writing one catechism and split it into two. The Westminster Shorter Catechism was to be "more easie and short for beginners" and the Larger Catechism was to be "more exact and comprehensive". The Catechism was completed by the Westminster Assembly in 1647. It was then adopted by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1648 and by the Presbyterian Synod of New York and Philadelphia in 1788." - from Wikipedia

 
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Congregationalism - the predominant "brand" of Christianity in the New England colonies, brought by the Pilgrims in 1620, in which each congregation, or local church, has free control of its own affairs (eliminating bishops & presbyteries).

 
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London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 - The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 is rooted in the Westminster Confession of Faith.  It differs from the Westminster Confession by the addition of Chapter 20 (The Gospel and its Gracious Extent), and in its dealing with the Church and Baptism. Chapter 20 is identical to the same chapter in the Congregationalists' Savoy Declaration of Faith and Order of 1658.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firelocks and Accoutrements

 

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Go to our Muzzleloading page completely devoted to traditional black powder shooting

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The Muzzleloading Forum - I joined this forum in Dec. '04 - another great way to learn - some of my favorite discussion boards are: Flintlock, Smoothbore, Traditional Muzzleloader Hunting, Historically Correct Clothing & Equipment, and Historical Trekking.

 

Sporting

 

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Pteryplegia - The Art of Shooting-Flying

    - an 18th century poem concerning wingshooting

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Primitive turkey hunting

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18th Century Flyfishing

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The Society of 18th Century Gentlemen

 

 

From The Colonial Kitchen and Camp Fire

 

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THE COUNTRY HOUSEWIFE'S Family Companion: OR PROFITABLE DIRECTIONS for whatever relates to the Management and good Economy of the Domeftick Concers of a Country Life, according to the PRESENT PRACTICE of the Country Gentleman's, the Yeoman's, the Farmer's & Wives, in the Counties of....

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Food Preparation and Various Receipts - are ye hungrie?

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Receipt for Parched Corn - a wilderness staple - 6 lbs. were made to last 6 months

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Receipt for Hard Tack - "one fell off a table and killed a friend of mine"

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Welsh Rabbit - receipt from Chowning's Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg

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A Colonial Day Menu - nice receipts from the Claude Moore Farm

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International Dutch Oven Society - Links to Cooking Information & Recipe Sources

 

 

Other Skills

 

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Making Fire from Steel - Mike Ameling, blackfmith specializing in fire steels

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Soap Making

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Recipe for a leather waterproofer - beeswax and bear grease

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Fulling wool

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Making Natural Dyes From Plants

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18th Centvry Games - Cribbage, Hazard, Draughts, and more

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Colonial Children - What was it like for them?  Difficult.

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Occupations in the Colonies

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Miscellany - interesting 18th c. anecdotes

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THE Whole Duty OF A WOMAN: Or a Guide to the Female Sex.  From the Age of Sixteen, to Sixty, Being Directions, How Women of all Qualities and Conditions, ought to Behave themfelves in the Various Circuftances of the Life, for their Obtaining not only Refent, but Future Happinefs.

 

 

Various and Sundry Other Links

 

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Coalition of Historical Trekkers

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COHT - Pennsylvania Chapter

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Historical Trekking

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18th Century - Relive History

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On The Trail Magazine

 

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"Notes on the settlement and Indian wars of the western parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania, from 1763 to 1783, inclusive : together with a view of the state of society, and manners of the first settlers of the western country"  by Joseph Doddridge - one of the beft sovrces of docvmentation of the new frontier for the time period.

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Charles Woodmason Visits the Carolina Backcountry, 1768 - “It Will Require Much Time to Model the Manners and Morals of these Wild Peoples”

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Archiving Early America - source material from 18th century America

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18th Century History

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The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chronology

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Westsylvania Heritage & Magazine

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The Library of Congress

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American Memory

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Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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Pennsylvania State University Library

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Biographical Dictionary of Pennsylvania Legislators

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Accessible Archives - source material from actual 18th & 19th century periodicals - full text searchable databases

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How Newspapers covered the French & Indian War

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French & Indian Cruelty: The Life & Curious Adventures of Peter Williamson in 1758

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Mother Bedford - history of Old Bedford County, Pennsylvania in the American Revolution

 

        Sutlers
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Barkertown Sutlers - Missy & Larry Clark - mid-18th century clothing

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Jas. Townsend & Son

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Smoke & Fire Company

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Blue Heron Mercantile

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G. Gedney Godwin - great source for F&I and AWI military items

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Backwoods Tin

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Carl Giordano, Tinsmith

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Tentsmiths

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Panther Primitives

    IndianF&I War Commemoration

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Delaware Tribe of Indians

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Nativetech

    Individuals

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Bob Spencer's Black Powder Notebook - a favourite

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Ye Longhunter Pages - see Ye Folk and Ye Society pages

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Josiah "Sye" Parker

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Sarah's 18th Century Living History Site

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Amohkali Creek

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Silver Bear

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Hester Purefinder - "Of all the trades agoing, sure the begging is the best For when a man is tired, he can sit him down and rest!"

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Cap n' Flint - met at the 2006 NEPR

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Muddy Flint Trades - Swamp Lady & Hawkeye

    Organizations

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The Brigade of the American Revolution - "a living history association dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence, 1775-1783."

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The Continental Line - "an educational organization of recreated units representing the Continental Army, the Continental Artillery, the Continental Navy, the Continental Marines, the various colonial militias, and units in the service of the French King during the American Revolution."

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11th PA Regiment - excellent website of a Phila. based CL reenacting unit

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6th PA Regiment - Lehigh Valley based CL unit

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The German Regiment of PA & MD - Reading, PA based BAR unit

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Kellar's Company of the Illinois Regiment - some friends we met at the '05 EPR

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The Georgia Refugees

    Museums

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Landis Valley Museum - living history museum of Pennsylvania German material, culture, history and heritage from 1740 through 1940

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Ephrata Cloister - an Anabaptist community founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards, known for its self-composed a cappella musick and Germanic calligraphy known as Frakturschriften

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Historic Valley Forge - a site devoted to the encampment of Gen. Washington's troops from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778.

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Old Bedford Village - life in Bedford County and Pennsylvania from 1750 to 1900

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm - a small low-income farm of 1771

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Plimouth Plantation - explore the 1627 Pilgrim village of Plymouth, MA - before our time (17th century) but noteworthy!

Recommended Viewing & Reading:

       

Home  

 - the place that ignited my intereft in the 18th centvry when I was bvt a child.

     

 

 - neuer been heere, but wovld love to go.

 

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