This is the English village at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
It is a living history museum peopled by interpreters who pretend to be English settlers of the 1620's. It is fascinating to learn about the Pilgrims by questioning these knowledgeable people.
Every cottage has a mortar and pestle for grinding corn. The Pilgrims had ground corn with every meal. You can grind parched corn with your child at home to see how much work that is. We did a tutorial about it a couple of weeks ago on Acorn Pies.
This is a reproduction candlestick/oil lamp. You could put trane oil (cod liver oil) into each of the two wells and have a candle lit, too. My son and I showed readers how to make an olive oil lamp on Acorn Pies recently.
Beds had hangings for warmth. Windows were covered with oiled paper. Mattresses were stuffed with goose down or straw.
Men and women both wore felt hats outdoors and wool clothing year round. There were few sheep at Plimoth in the beginning, and no spinning wheels or looms. Women clothed their families using imported cloth which they sewed. Drop spindles were used to make yarn for knitting.
Women covered their hair with a coif, and wore knitted pockets for carrying scissors, fire starters, or needle and thread.
This man is showing us some little wooden bottles used to keep gunpowder dry.
My son and I have been experimenting with natural dyes, and it was interesting to examine the clothing and to see the gorgeous color combinations.
This is a bread oven made of clay and protected from rain by a little wooden roof.
The interiors of the cottages were dark, so many of my pictures are shadowy.