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Colonial Day Resources

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is pleased to make these resources available to children, teachers, parents, and all who are interested in learning a bit more about life in colonial Virginia.

18th-Century Clothing


How to Fake a Colonial Costume for a Day (children and adults)


Make a Corn Husk Doll
Make your own Marbles
Make a Treasure Bag
Make Butter and Cheese

Popular Games

Nine Men’s Morris
Fox & Geese
Puss in the Corner
Blindman’s Buff
Earth, Air, Fire, Water

Receipts (Recipes)

A Colonial Menu

Johnny Cakes
Mush (Grits)
Pickled Cucumbers Pickled Onions
Kale & Onions
Boiled Potatoes
Fried Potatoes
Pea Soup
Apple Dumplings Apple Pie
Onion Pie
Egg Pie

Further Information

Primary Sources Available on Other Websites

Journal of a Young Lady of Virginia
Lucinda Lee was a teenager in 1782, and kept a journal. It gives a fascinating glimpse into the life of a young, upper-class girl of the period.

Diary of Anna Green Winslow, a Boston Schoolgirl of 1771
Anna Green Winslow turned 12 years old in 1771. Her diary is written in the form of letters to her parents, and offer a delightful insight into the mind of a young girl in 1771.

Travels Through the Middle Settlements in North America
This is a good account of Virginia in the 1770s.

The History and Present State of Virginia
This is the first history of the colony written by a native Virginian. First printed in 1705, this book covers the history of the settlement of the colony; the colony’s natural resources, flora and fauna; a description of the native Indians; and the government of the colony.

The Virginia Gazette
This is one of the newspapers of the time, with information on politics, local stories, advertisements, recipes, poems etc. Helpful for a sense of the language as well.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Here are records of criminal trials in London; this is one of the few sources detailing the lives of poor and common people


Moon Guidebooks Top 10 DC

Moon Guidebooks:

Rates Claude Moore Colonial Farm One of the

This spring break, Patricia Nevins Kime—respected journalist and author of the first edition of Moon Washington DC—offers her selections for ten can’t-miss activities, perfect for kids and their chaperones.

"7. Claude Moore Colonial Farm: Something’s always being grown, harvested, dyed, dried, or crafted at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia, a rendition of a modest circa-1771 frontier farm."