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Hustle ‘n’ Bustle

April 9th, 2012 by Carolyn


Goodwife Brewster heading to fetch water for the day.


The gardens are growing and lots of baby animals are about this spring morning, and the village is very busy. The housewives are cooking, cleaning and mending, Master Alden built himself a new sea-view window in his house, and Lucretia Brewster is expecting!



The Bradford's are airing out their bedding on a fine day.




Mistress Brewster is making sops, which are bread fried in butter, vinegar and salt. We have many recipes which include these, one of them sops of onions, where cooked onions are placed on top of the finished bread and then eaten. Yum!




This is John Jenny's Grist Mill (pre recent paint job done by the new owners), it's located about 2 miles from Plimoth Plantation. They still grind corn and sell the corn meal different places including our own gift shop, it makes some really great indian pudding.




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7 Responses to “Hustle ‘n’ Bustle”

  1. carolina says:

    Mmmm, sops! Love ‘em. Nice picture of the mill, too. Wish I lived closer, I’d be over there almost every week! HUZZAH!

    • KM Wall says:

      There are also sorrel sops and spinach sops….and then there are sops in wine, and back in England honey sops. Sops – and sippets – are very much a 17th century Good Thing!

  2. Julia D. says:

    I had a question re: water fetching! : Where was the daily water fetched from-somewhere behind the palisade walls? (would it have been safe enough for children to fetch water?, and would they have encountered the Wampanoag drawing water from the same source?)

    I was also wondering about the laundry/wash-and bathing too-was this also done in a spring, or nearby river outside of the town?

    Many thanks! Love the blog, keep it up! :)

    • KM Wall says:

      In 1627 they would have taken water from the springs and the Town Brook – which lie just outside the walls. New England in the early 1600′s was pretty vacant – by English standards. The nearest Wampanoag settlement was a day away to the west; to reach anyone else on Cape Cod was an eight hour hike or several hours by boat. Most of the travel was coastal – you took boats along the coast and could travel somewhat by the larger rivers inland. This is very much NOT a 19th century Western frontier mentality. Between 1630 and 1640 ,much of this will change. Maybe I should do a post on water….

      • Julia D. says:

        Wow, I had no idea travel to the nearest Wampanoag settlement or even English settlement was so far!

        A post on water usage would be neat, since we definitely take that for granted these days-fascinating to imagine life then.

        Thanks for the answer!

  3. Vickie says:

    The pictures are wonderful — blue sky, fresh air (can’t you just smell it?). I can also smell the sops and onions cooking. Thanks for the blog.

  4. Rick says:

    Great photos! Sea View Windows DOES sound like an exclusive time-share though…Hey, wait a minute…time share? hmmm…

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