Colonial Times Pathfinder

Online Resources

PEOPLE AND DAILY LIFE

Colonial Life at Colonial Williamsburg Find out about clothing, family, occupations and more at this site.

Franklin Institute Activities Online How did they communicate in colonial days? Select “Of Pen and Paper” to find out!

Liberty Perspectives: Daily Life in the Colonies How much did a horse cost in colonial times? This interactive site uses a picture of a colonial farm to inform you about daily life in the colonies.

 Pilgrim Hall Museum The story behind the pilgrims is told through Pilgrim possessions and Native American artifacts at this site. Also visit their page about people on the Mayflower at Beyond the Pilgrim Story.

Mayflower Web Pages: History and Genealogy Visit this site to find out what life was like on the Mayflower. Includes descriptions of girls and women on the ship and clothing of pilgrims.

Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man Provides information about this extraordinary man and his contributions our early history.

Thomas Jefferson – Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson Take a virtual tour of President Jefferson’s home.

NATIVE AMERICANS
Wampanoag Indians Fact Sheet

Indians.org: Wampanoag

Who are the Wampanoag from Plimouth Plantation

COLONIAL PLACES
13 Colonies Includes brief history of the each of the original 13 colonies with links to additional information for each colony. Also has links to maps.

Plimouth Massachusetts
Take a virtual tour of the early settlement of Plimouth.

Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts
Find out about the settlement of Salem, Massachusetts at the Salem Witch Museum

Colonial Williamsburg Historical Almanac Online
Meet the people, see the places, learn about life in Colonial Williamsburg.

Virtual Jamestown Jamestown colony, founded in 1607, will celebrate its 400 year anniversary in 2007. This website is a digital research-teaching-learning project to explore the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and “the Virginia experiment.”

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center If you’re looking for information about Jamestown and early America , this is the site to visit! Teachers can download some incredible resources for classroom use.

Jamestown Fort: Rediscovered Explore the history behind the first permanent English settlement in the New World, including the reasons for the settlement’s location, the obstacles the explorers encountered, and the very people that overcame these challenges.

DOCUMENTS AND MAPS
Colonial Maps A source for many early maps of the colonies.

EVENTS
Early Thanksgiving Find recipes and a story about the corn husk doll at this site.

TEACHER SITES
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Teachers will find a wealth of ideas for teaching about Colonial America with children’s literature at this site. Carol Hurst, an expert in children’s literature, lists possible discussions, activities and works of literary merit.

 13 Originals: Founding the American Colonies http://www.timepage.org/spl/13colony.html A wealth of information about the history of the original 13 colonies with links to additional Internet resources.

18th-Century Trades Sampler http://www.history.org/History/teaching/blksmith.cfm Trades of colonists.

Amusements in Colonial New England http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/Christmas04/toys.cfm Information about toys and games played in colonial times.

Archiving Early America http://earlyamerica.com  This site provides digitally displayed primary source material from 18th Century America. It includes a unique array of original newspapers, maps and writing.

Colonial America http://www.smplanet.com/teaching/colonialamerica/ An overview of the colonial period from 1607-1776. This site provides five categories of information: colonies, culture, people, religion and wars.

Colonial Currency http://www.nd.edu/~rarebook/coins/ColCurrency/index.html This site provides images and information about colonial money.

Colonial Hall: Biographies of America’s Founding Fathers http://www.colonialhall.com Provides biographical sketches of the signers of the Declaration of Independence taken from an 1829 book.

Liberty Perspectives: Daily Life in the Colonies http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/perspectives_daily.html Quick facts about life in the colonies.

An Outline of American History –The Colonial Period http://usa.usembassy.de/etexts/history/ch2.htm This information is from the United States Information Agency. It includes a discussion of the distinctions between the New England, Middle and Southern regional groupings of colonies.

Social Studies for Kids: Colonial Times http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/colonialtimes.htm Provides information about the 13 American Colonies that includes, farming, religion, education, food, recreation, etc.

A Visual Dictionary of Early American Clothing http://web.bryant.edu/~ehu/h364proj/sprg_98/powderly/powd_index.htm Some facts about clothing in colonial times.

Archiving Early America
http://www.earlyamerica.com/ Primary source material from 18th century America—all displayed digitally. Includes the Early America Review, a “journal of fact and opinion on the people, issues and events of 18th century America.”

Credits/Sources:
Lockport City School District Library Media Center