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Square Odds #21: Different Times

A trip to ColonialWilliamsburg and Jamestown, VA opens your eyes to what it was like living in the 1600s to 1700s. Unfortunately, while I was there, we were so busy that I took very poor notes. Suffice to say, most of these items are odd to us now.

The Dental Office

Dental instruments during the 1700s

If you’ve had any dental work done in your life, some of these instruments might not look too odd. It still takes some prying and leverage to get out a tooth. I’m not sure what all they kept in the jars. I’m guessing maybe something for pain.

Close up of some dental instruments used on the battlefields during the Revolutionary War.

The Kitchen

We also took a look at the kitchen during the war period. Here’s the cooking area. The holes are ovens. The summer temperatures get into the 100s and are very muggy. Imagine what it would be like cooking for the army.

Cast iron Dutch ovens were prominent in Colonial times. and were used for baking, frying, roasting, steaming, and broiling. This method of cooling retained much of the food’s nutritive value, but the pots were very heavy to transport when the battlefields moved. They sometimes got lost according to one source I read.

This next piece of equipment is anyone’s guess. Careful, it’s hot! See the fire burning in the ravine?

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  1. I love visiting historical sites and places like this, where people have preserved a way of life and can demonstrate it for us to experience. I come to the conclusion we are all strong in our own way and the strength of our ancestors is forever evolving and changing to keep up with the many faces of pain and fear . . .

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    • It is such an amazing place, Jaya. It takes some time to imbibe a culture. Even our own culture has morphed in over 200 years until it’s almost unrecognizable, yet we get glimpses of similarities and how we got where we are today.

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    • I’m with you Margaret. Most of my grandparents lost their teeth early in life. I’m happy to have all of mine except the ones that needed to come out to give me straight teeth. (And that’s just one facet of life I enjoy now! And it’s nearly two centuries past the times these instruments came from!) I’m happy with my life now. But it sure was interesting to go back there and experience life then, while still enjoying the comforts of now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • In advertantly, LOL. This is a post on odds! Plus I finished at 1:00 am and it was one of my quicky posts! But you have to admit it’s nice not to have a toothache when you eat. I was at breakfast with a friend the other day who had one. She bit down on a piece of pasta, gasped and covered her face. We had just started eating, but she was done. She recovered enough to be able to visit. I can’t imagine those soldiers were eating pasta, but those Dutch ovens could makes some pretty soft food. But you can’t fight a war with a toothache or without food. How’s that for a long defensive answer to a short sweet comment? LOL


        • You are right. Once something gets started it’s so hard to change unless you completely change the way society lives. By that, I mean from horses and buggies to cars types of changes. We no longer have manure in the streets, now we have pollution in the air. The car fixed one problem permanently over time, but caused an entirely different one. Electric cars may solve pollution, but then the landfills and water supplies will have to deal with battery pollution. Solar cars might solve the problem. Just telling society they have to buy electric cars will not make people do it either. They will do it because they want to do it like people enjoyed the novelty of horseless buggies. Didn’t you love Wall-E? I got a little carried away with this comment, Chel. It’s Wall-E’s fault! ๐Ÿ™‚

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