The Wintertime diets of
the Pilgrims and of
the Native Americans.
An English Gentleman,
stranded here for the winter by shipwreck.
Sword, walking stick and dagger leaning on the post
All the English colonists
were equipped with armor.
at his forge.
Immediately adjacent is this recreation
of a Wompanoag village of the time.
Our next stop was Old Sturbridge Village, a recreation of the town C.1840, using mostly historic buildings from that time.
You can ride around the village in this coach.
This is a modern kitchen. Oven in the wall to the right side. Heating was done mostly in open fireplaces like this one, although the revolutionary change to closed heating stoves was underway. The price of cordwood had doubled in twenty years bringing on America's first energy crisis. Sea captains began using English coal for ballast because it found a ready market in America.
About centered under the mill you can see
the reaction wheel water turbine in action.
Of course, every village had a flour mill, also water powered. It typically ran one day a week and all the farmers would bring their grain. They socialized while waiting their turn, hence the term "milling around" that we still use today. The miller was paid a share of the grain and the rate was set by the State of Massachusetts. No monopoly practices allowed.
Farming practices looked much the same
as in 1640.