Colonial Williamsburg Continued..."The Artisan's"
Exploring Colonial Williamsburg continues.
The Artisan's....The Barber and Peruke (wig) Maker....
"Tradesmen, merchants, clergy, military, ship captains and landed gentry patronized the wigmaker. Those who could afford wigs represented 5 percent of the total population of Virginia. Wigs were not only fashionable, but served as a way to convey one’s status within the community.
We were told by the nice wig lady that they use to put feathers on wigs to repel water.
Hat makers....since we would not have been in the 5% of the population that could afford wigs we decided that hats would have to do.....
Shoe Makers...."The first shoemakers arrived in America at Jamestown in 1610, and the trade was thriving as early as 1616."
Wheelwright...."Producing wheels requires strength, ingenuity, and the talents of both a carpenter and a blacksmith. Precise measuring skills are mandatory."
Blacksmiths in Williamsburg fashioned items from iron and steel for fellow tradesmen to use in their work and also made things for household use."
My mom's father, my grandfather, was a blacksmith. My mom used to talk fondly of waking up to her fathers laughter and the sound of the hammer hitting the steel and the anvil. I never got to meet my grandfather he died when my mom was young form side effects of Mustard Gas in WWl. I know, from her stories, I would have loved spending time with him....
The Apothecary...."A colonial apothecary practiced as doctor. Records kept by 18th-century Williamsburg's apothecaries show that they made house calls to treat patients, made and prescribed medicines, and trained apprentices. Some apothecaries were also trained as surgeons and man-midwives."
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(All things in quotes were taken from the official site for Colonial Williamsburg.)