Welcome To Pilgrims and Pioneers!

After many years of researching my family geneaology I have been lucky enough to discover actual information about my relatives that lived in the Pilgrim Era and the Pioneer Era- while many people also have realtives from those eras- many do not know their names or where they lived- actually seeing the proof in print makes you much more aware of who they really were.
After discovering these relatives it of course made me curious to learn more about the eras that they lived in and what their lives were like as, the history I learned in grade school had long since been forgotten.
I decided to start this blog for others who are also interested in these eras.
Some of the information here will be actual facts about my realtives and some will be information about the eras in general that I have found on the web.
I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Plimoth Plantation Video

This a very good video on Plimoth!

Pioneers in Covered Wagon

I found this photo while doing family history reaearch. I can't imagine what this journey must have been like. Riding in an uncomfortable wagon over territory with out paved roads in a long hot dress and a small child too!
It amazes me the determination and stamina the pioneers had!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Video about a Pioneer Woman

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sod House on the Old Prairie

Many pioneers built their houses out of sod on the prairie. The sod squares, cut from the soil, had long grass roots in them and thus were tough yet flexible. Not only were the walls constructed of sod, but most roofs as well, which sometimes led to wet bedding and clothes after a heavy rain. Only a minimal amount of lumber was needed, for a door and one or more windows. The sod homes proved to be cool in the hot summer and warm in the winter. Some whitewashed the interiors to lighten them up and also covered the outside to protect it from the weather which was hard on such structures. Many added wooden lean-tos to their sod houses as entry ways or as additional rooms. As soon as a farm family could afford it, they purchased lumber to build a frame house, thus leaving behind a part of the pioneer era.

Friday, January 22, 2010

George Washington's Basset's- The First Presidential Dog?

Aren't these faces irresistable?
Legend has it that George Washington was given a pair of these wonderful dogs- the following was taken from an article on The American Kennel Club website:
A Look Back
The Basset Hound was originally developed in France as a trailer of small game that hunters could follow on foot. Bassets continued to achieve very notable popularity during the reign of Emperor Napoleon, and in 1880 Queen Alexandra kept Basset Hounds in the royal kennels. Marquis de Lafayette brought Basset Hounds, known for their impeccable sense of smell, to the United States as a gift to President George Washington to use in his hunting expeditions.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Create, Create, Create and Done!!

Olde Pear Pinkeep with Strawberry Fobs
1716 Log Cabin/ Ticking Candle Mat

Olde 1627 Strawberry Pinkeep Box

Every few days for the past week I have made some type of sewn Early Look creation.
Today was a very nasty weather day! So after running my errands early this morning I have done absolutely nothing creative! I think except for pouring candles and tarts I will give into the winter lethargy and take a break form sewing!
All of the above items can be purchased at http://pilgrimsandpioneersprimitives.blogspot.com

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A 17th Century Woman's Jacket

This This jacket was revealed to the public at Plimoth Plantation in December 2009. It took opver 4000 hours to create and was worked on by 260 plus stitchers!
It is absolutely stunning! The jacket is nicknamed "Faith".

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Colonial Coffee Houses

The Coffeehouse
English coffeehouses appeared in the 17th century and quickly became popular. These establishments provided patrons with new beverages such as coffee, tea, and chocolate. Even more importantly, coffeehouses served as sites for the energetic discussion of politics, news, and business. Despite Williamsburg’s relatively small size, locals sought to emulate the cosmopolitan fashions of Europe, which included this coffeehouse culture.
The photo is of the new coffee house at Colonial Williamsburg

Monday, January 11, 2010

Our Newest Site! Olde Salt Box Scents

We have a new candle & tarts site- a division of Brandyanne's Candles. This site features a more primitive / early look style candle and scents.
Stop by and take a peek!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Make it Monday- note pad graphic

This a great graphic to make your own notepad with!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Colonial Mulled Cider

In New England, cider was an immensely popular drink with the pilgrims and was drunk at meals by everyone, including children. Even clergymen, while denouncing 'harder spirits', would drink cider as a matter of course.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

More Snow!!

It has been snowing since 9 oclock last night and shows no sign of stopping!
I really think we already had enough. I have to run some erands before it gets worse and then I can stay in and pour candles and tarts!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

make it Monday- Pinkeep

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Lincoln's 1860 Kitchen

This is a photo of the stove in the Abraham Lincoln house in 1860- note the flat irons in the bottom of the photo

Friday, January 1, 2010

Pretty in Pink!...

and Red check! This my sweet Molly in the fleece coat I made for her. I am not sure she is a thrilled as I am with it!!

Prairie Wild Morning Glory

Prairie  Wild Morning Glory

Prairie Phlox

Prairie Phlox

Prairie Sundrops

Prairie Sundrops

The Famous Rock!

The Famous Rock!
Plymouth Rock dated 1620

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
The Village

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
A Keeping Room