Life in the 17th-18th Century- Ann Wager By emily Sun


The picture on the left shows a needle and a hook made by the Powhatans. They are carved from the bones in a deer foot, as most Powhatan tools were created from parts of an animal. The needle was used to sew clothing and the hook was made for fishing.
This is a storage house in the James Fort, made by the English to store their food, drink, and other goods in. Most of the storage house is taken up by barrels of different sizes, which was what people used in the 17th century to transport goods because of it's convenience, and inside the barrels were food transported from England, tobacco from plantations preparing to be shipped to England, and numerous other goods. The pots near the back of the picture contained water and other liquids. Finally, the leaves hanging from the ceiling are tobacco leaves, which were hung there to dry.


Today I paid a visit to the shop of a cabinet maker, or a carpenter. Their name comes from the fact that wealthy folk often have a room in their house called the cabinet where they keep all their fancy valuables to display. It is up to carpenters to make furniture to adorn those rooms, so that's what they are called. In this shop, the carpenters make desks, chairs, and cabinets out of different types of wood. They use tools such as saws, wood shavers, carving tools for surface details, and many more. As soon as I enter the shop, the sounds of wood being sawed blasts into my ears, and the smell of mahogany, cedar, walnut, and oak trees wafts into my nose. I've come here to purchase desks, chairs, and other furniture for my classroom in the Bray School. I order the items by talking to the manager of the shop, explaining what I want them to make, and paying for the items which prices vary depending on the wood used and what they are.
Walking down Palace Green, I often pass by George Wythe's and his family's glamorous two-story mansion. Although they are gentry and I am a middle class woman who has no reason to interact with them, I hear much talk about what splendid secrets are hidden behind those towering brick walls. People say they have a gorgeous, bright green dining room that is about the size of an average person's house, which is filled with expensive china dishes and silver utensils that I could never afford. I can only imagine the mouth-watering meals that are served in there. However, my favorite part of the house by far is Mr. Wythe's study, where he keeps all the records of his experiments as well as bunches of fascinating artifacts. As you know, he is a knowledgeable scholar who is particularly skilled in science. As I am a teacher myself, I have the utmost respect for him because of his love for learning, and I am just brimming with curiosity about all his discoveries.

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