The Colonial Surveyor

The first surveyors in America arrived with the Jamestown Company in 1621.  Given the goal of quickly settling Virginia and the vagaries of Royal Charters for Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolina colonies, surveyors were critical to establishing order in the colonies. The role of the surveyor was to transfer land from the crown to private …

Why is the First Amendment now Optional?

Amendment #1:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”   AND YET we allow other governments agencies, like …

Is COVID-19 “Unprecedented”? Indeed NOT.

In the summer of 1793 and a ghastly epidemic of Yellow fever gripped the largest city of America and the nation’s capital. Estimations of the number of deaths in 1793 by yellow fever was four to five thousand roughly a tenth of the capital’s fifty thousand residents. Much of the federal government was forced to …

18th Century Bread and Brewing Class POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 18th

In partnership with Thornbury Farms and our soon to be announced joint venture, Battlefield Brewing, we are offering a HANDS-ON 18th Century Brewing class.  Learn all the nuances of brewing in the 18th Century.  If you are already a homebrewer, challenge your skills at making beer without the modern conveniences of clocks, thermometers, hydrometers, and …

Colonial Surveyor at Fort Mifflin POSTPONED to July 19

Given the current risk of COVID-19, we are postponing the Colonial Surveyor’s visit to Fort Mifflin. Please come join us in July. This will be a Scout focused event mapping the battlements of the fort using 18th Century reproduction equipment.  Learn the art and science of surveying the land in the 18th century manner with a …

When is have we reached the end of “a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism?”

When Congress met in Philadelphia in 1776, it was NOT for the purpose of declaring independence from the Crown and Parliament and embarking on the path to Revolution.  In fact, most of the delegates wanted exactly the opposite.  They sought to find a means by which the status quo of the previous Colonial system could …