Colonial Farms and Farm-Life

By William Sechrist

Farmers and Farm-Life

Farms played a large role in colonial life. They were a large part in the triangular trade. Plantations were the kings of farms. They were the largest and the most profitable. Average farms were what got the colonists together. People worked, ate then went home and slept. Women on farms was a large idea. Women worked as hard as men of not harder. Colonial farms were a big thing. They did a lot and changed a lot in the colonial life.


Plantations were the largest of the farms usually located in the south. Plantations consist of large tracts of land . These Massive pieces of land usually had lots of buildings including ; Blacksmith, Tailor, Cooper, Cobbler, Overseer, Slave quarters, Greathouse, Crafthouses , Kitchen, Springhouse and barn. The farms owner and family lived in a large house called the " GreatHouse". Nearby Women work at the Springhouse also known as the well house. Women would get water out of the cold deep well and bring it into the Greathouse. Plantations usually had four main crops. These crops are Rice, Tobacco, Indigo and Sugarcane. They also had large gardens and orchards. The orchards usually had peaches. The gardens usually had potatoes carrots and sometimes tomatoes. Plantations had animals too. These animals were; Pigs, Hogs, Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Chickens And Oxen. Plantations rules the farming industry in almost every way. Average farms were very close to plantations because of how many farms there were.

Average Farms

Average farms were a great way to make money and friends. Did you know 50 percent of white men owned a average farm? Average farms usually consist of 80 acres of land. They were located in the northern colonies. North Carolina led the tobacco industry . Life on the average farm was filled with work and stress for both men and women. There was always something to be done on a average farm. Sometimes even neighbors would help out on the farm for the small pay of food and water. Average farms were easy to run tho. The farmer buys the seeds everyone plants the seeds. At the end of it all everybody does work. Average farms didn't need slaves , When the farmer needed help he would call a friend or his wife. The men would plow the fields and build while the women would get water from the well. The kids and women would keep the animals happy and healthy. Some of the animals on a average farm would be ; Pigs, Hogs and chickens. Sometimes they would have a sheep or cow too. When the animals died it wasn't always a bad thing. They would use the hide to make leather clothes and shoes . Average farms were a very popular thing in colonial life. They helped make families happy, and healthy.

Women on Farms.

Women worked just as hard if not harder than men when it came to farming. Women did whatever the men didn't or couldn't do. Women did a lot on colonial farms. Whether its getting water or planting thousands of tiny seeds , Women get the job done right. One thing compelling about women was they liked doing a mans work. this made a competitive battle between who got the work done the fastest and the highest quality. This made men work even harder then they were before. This also made them do their work sloppy. A woman would like to sow and knit too. They like to clean, cook, watch kids, mend slaves and maintaining their gardens and orchards. Women were a great thing to have on farms. They work hard and they work well.

Colonial Farmers and Farm Life

Farms were the base of colonial life. They supplied materials to make products and provided food to those in need. Plantations had many animals with lots of uses. The most popular uses were milk leather and meat. Average farms brought many families to joy. And women were very good farm hands. They did so much for colonial farms both average and plantations. Farms were center of attention in colonial times. Food , Fame , Action.


* Plantation - A large farm equal to 50 or more average farms.
* Triangular Trade - A trade between three places in the shape of a triangle.
* Compelling - To be exciting or absorbing.


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