Published exclusively by the Claude Moore Colonial Farm!
This wonderful work of historical fiction will take you into the lives of a poor farm family in the year 1771.
Written by Diane Leatherman, who was one of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s “farm wives” in the 1970s, it is a perfect way to interest children in the lives of the common folk, not just the rich and famous.
Abigail Jones thinks she is 11-years-old, but she isn’t exactly sure. She knows a few letters but she can’t read. She and her family live during the Colonial Period shortly before the American Revolution. Their lives are hard; they live at a level common to most ordinary people in the 18th century. Their house has a dirt floor and mud and wattle chimney.
Abigail is the oldest child in the family and her mother depends on her way too much. Mama was raised in an artisan family as an only child and is ill-prepared to be the wife of a poor tobacco farmer in Virginia, bearing one child after the other.
The family lives a harsh existence, by our standards. But the hard work and tedium are occasionally relieved by the Market Fair!
Abigail and one of her brothers become apprenticed in different trades; for Abigail it means escape.
64 pages, paperbound with glossy cover.