Varied ways of life

By Alexis White

Large Landhold

  • Some large landholders lived in the Southern plantation.
  • The planters have rich social culture.
  • They usually live in large houses.
  • There houses are filled with furniture,china,and silverware.
  • They wore elegant clothing.
  • They held thier o balls and dances.
  • Some of them served as judges or a members of the colonial assembly.
  • They were the most educated people in the colonies.
  • Some of the planters sitted up thier own school for thier own childern.
  • They even hired their own teachers from Eurupe.
  • Later The sons of the planters maybe go to Europe to get a better aducation.
  • The girls went to school until they were 12 or 13.
  • The daughters of the planters are expected to only learn basic skills like to read and sew with thier needles.
  • If laber needed to run large plantations, planters relied on enslaved African Americans or on indentured servents.
  • A planter's wife and the planter are responsible for taking care of they many people who lived on the plantantoin.
  • They had to provent medical care for family members and workers.
  • They provide clothe and give them food.


  • A few people in the colonies lived and owned large plantation.
  • In the fact,most colonist worked and lived on small farms.
  • They often raised grains,fruits,vegetables,and other crop that grow in their reign.
  • They mostly lived on what they raised.
  • If they had leftover they would sell it to the market that's near them.
  • The money that that the farmer made at the market is used to buy goods they couldn't by for themselves.
  • Some owners of small farms relied on there family members for labor.
  • Together,the family members did all the work.
  • They all chopped down trees,built barns,plowed fields,planted crops,and they even raised animals.
  • Some farmers could afford to have enslaved workers or indentured servants.
  • Some farmers grew rich,unlike planters.
  • Colonial farmhouses usually had only three or two rooms and a loft.
  • Some even had a fireplace that will provide heat and a place to cook.
  • Farm families owned only some items of furniture.


  • The woman in the colonial times were married at the age 14.
  • The woman was not allowed to own there own property or business.
  • In most cases,when a woman got married her husband pretty much owned what was hers.
  • All of the woman and girls had fewer chances to work outside like the man and boys.
  • Most of the woman worked as homemakers,caretakers,and housekeepers.
  • They even cooked fruit and vegetables and they even preserved them in jars for winter.
  • They even churned milk to make cheese,candles,even soap.
  • They sewed,knitted clothing,and they even spun yarn.
  • The women also cared for there children.
  • Most colonial families were often very huge.
  • One day a visitor came to the colonies and noted "There is not a cabin but has 10 or 12 young children in it.
  • With only a few doctors in the colonies the women had to take care of there own children when they were sick or hurt.
  • The women couldn't vote,and they had very few opportunities to go to school.
  • Only New England girls and planters' daughters generally learned to read.

Artisans and Indentured Servants.

  • Plantations as well as towns and cities was the workplace of artisans,or skilled craft workers.
  • In the colonies,the air is filled with the sound of carpenters,blacksmiths,silversmith,and brick makers.
  • The bakers,butchers,flour millers,even soap makers shops to.
  • There were even shoe makers ,printers,even clock makers.
  • These skills used by artisans were not even taught in school.
  • Instead younger people learned the skills by becoming apprentices.
  • An apprentice trained and even lived with a master for a couple of years.
  • The boys became an apprentice at the age of 14.
  • The girls generally couldn't become apprentices.
  • The apprentices usually will work with a master craftworkers for about seven years.
  • Finally they are now ready to work own there own after 7 years of training.
  • Some of the artisans will rely on there indentured servants to do there work.
  • The life of an Indentured Servants was really hard they had to work with out money for four to seven years.
  • They really had no rights and they couldn't vote.
  • But they were free after their term of service.


  • Wikipedia
  • Virginia Social Studies