Colonial New England on 5 Shillings a Day

Colonial New England on 5 Shillings a Day

by Bill Scheller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0500288933

ISBN-13: 2900500288930

Pub. Date: 09/15/2010

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Navigate the dangerous shoals of Cape Cod, talk politics with John Adams, sample the porridge known as “Indian pudding”—how to get around and enjoy Colonial New England’s towns and scenery.
It’s 1765, and you’ve just arrived in New England. Once you’ve had a chance to freshen up and powder your wig, you’ll want to

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Navigate the dangerous shoals of Cape Cod, talk politics with John Adams, sample the porridge known as “Indian pudding”—how to get around and enjoy Colonial New England’s towns and scenery.
It’s 1765, and you’ve just arrived in New England. Once you’ve had a chance to freshen up and powder your wig, you’ll want to know where to find a room for the night (and how many other travelers might be sharing your bed), which tavern serves a good rum flip, and what you might expect to pay silversmith Paul Revere for a teapot or a set of spoons.Colonial New England on 5 Shillings a Day answers these questions and many more, as it takes you on a time-traveler’s tour of Yankeedom’s cities and hamlets, highways and byways, customs and quirks in the decade before the American Revolution. What time does the stagecoach leave Boston for Portsmouth, New Hampshire? Should you travel from Providence to Newport by land or sea? Who serves the best fried clams on the Connecticut coast? When you settle into the chimney corner in a Hartford tavern, what newspaper will you likely read?
This lively, carefully researched guide will be an invaluable resource as you roam the post roads and village streets of a world nearly 250 years distant from our own, vastly different yet somehow as familiar as a sharp-steepled meetinghouse on a village green, a hearty greeting at a country inn, or a bowl of clam chowder.
So count your shillings (take a few extra if you’re stopping in at Mr. Revere’s), prepare to embark by ship or via the King’s Highway, and set your course for the eighteenth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900500288930
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Series:
Traveling on 5 Series
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

Preface 7

I Getting Three - and Some Practical Tips 8

What Currency to Use?

What Will it Cost?

What to Expect from the Weather

What Should You Bring to Wear?

II A Bit of History 17

The Original New Englanders

The "Great Migration" Begins

Troubles with the British Crown

The French Threat Ended

A More Secular Society

III The Lay of the Land 29

Salt and Fresh Water

Mountains of Northern New England

A New England Bestiary

IV Meet the New Englanders 36

New England's Distaff Side

Africans in New England

Indentures and Apprentices

V Traveling Within New England 45

Visiting Boston and Environs

Heading North From Boston

From Boston to Rhode Island and Connecticut

The Post Road from Boston to Springfield

From Western New England to the New York Border

VI Accommodations, Food, and Drink 103

Putting Up for the Night

From the Colonies' Ample Larder

New England's Powerful Thirst

VII Religion, Education, The Press, and the Post 112

The Role of Religion

Placing a Premium on Education

Newspapers and Magazines

Postal Services

VIII Shopping 122

Silver and Pewter

Fine Furniture

Vanity - and a Good Investment

True Native Craftsmanship

IX Festivities and Amusements 128

Some Favorite Holidays

December 25? A Day Like Any Other

Music and Dancing

The Stage is Not Set

Indoor Diversions - and a Game on the Green

Map of New England 138

Plan of the Town of Boston 139

Acknowledgments 140

Sources of Illustrations 140

Index 141

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