- John Adams studied at Harvard and considered becoming a minister.
- Samuel Adams was deeply impacted and sought a political revolution to separate the church from England’s influence.
- Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield were friends. Some believe Franklin might have become a Christian in latter life.
- James Madison was very devout and fought for freedom of religion and checks and balances in government because of the depravity of man.
- John Witherspoon published several books on the Gospel.
- Although there’s no direct connection between George Washington and the Great Awakening, we know that Washington was a devout Christian who even wrote a prayer book.
- 54 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were devout Christians. Only Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were not.
- The first act of the Continental Congress was to pray. They prayed at the beginning of every session, and they prayed before voting to declare independence and signing the Declaration of Independence.
Hear Ye!!! Hear Ye!!!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
More on these exciting plantations in future blogs!
Have you ever visited a rice plantation? Would love to read your comments.
Monday, April 14, 2014
|The Bell Tower of St. George's, Colonial Dorchester|
According to sources (page 1 of the same document is linked above), many of the town's inhabitants moved inland to Georgia in 1752-56, citing a growing population and the area’s unhealthiness. In addition to the intense heat, the town was located on a river between two creeks, so malaria was prevalent. At this point, say the sources, the history of this town ceases to be that of the original Congregationalist community, and becomes that of the trading town, the fort, and St. George Parish.
|The tabby walls of Old Fort Dorchester, up close and personal|
|F&I War event at Colonial Dorchester, Feb 2010|
|Yes, this is the upper Ashley!|
|Remains of old wharf on the Ashley River at Colonial Dorchester|
These days, the site offers a beautiful—and inexpensive!—place to let one's family run. Recent archaeological work has led to the placement of several information plackards and a kiosk where some of the artifacts can be viewed, as well as a diorama of the original town as they know it.
More photos—not mine—can be viewed here at the Quarterman family website. All photos in this post are mine or my daughter Breanna's.
|It's been a long time since this fort was guarded by a redcoat!|
(Fun fact: during the time period portrayed by this event, the redcoats were the good guys!)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
|Training the Puppy|
|The Peale Family with Dog by Charles Willson Peale|
|Girl with Bird and Dog by John Singleton Copley|
|Anne Fairchild Mrs Metcal Bowler by John Singleton Copley|
|Boy with a Deer by John Van Cortlandt|
Finnish-Swedish naturalist, Peter Kalm, when he traveled tot he American colonies in 1748-51 observed that, "The raccoon can in time be made so tame as to run about the streets like a domestic animal; but it is impossible to make it leave off its habit of stealing. . .Beavers have been tamed to such an extent that they have brought home what they caught by fishing to their masters. This is often the case with otters, of which I have seen some that were as tame as dogs, and followed their master wherever he went."
|Deborah Hall by William Williams|
|A Boy with a Flying Squirrel by John Singleton Copley|
Pets in America: A History By Katherine C. Grier
Friday, April 4, 2014
With spring officially upon us and espionage in the air, join us today on Long Island ~ the birthplace of American's first spy ring!
Today, we're serving you from Roseanna's own Lefton china tea set.
and featuring her strawberry banana cake
Now that you're all settled, let's chat about spies! We at the Colonial Quills are very excited that AMC is launching on Sunday a new series set in the Colonial era and following the escapades of the Culper Ring, American's first spy ring. Turn uses as its primary source Alexander Rose's amazing book, Washington's Spies (click here to read the review), which was also the primary source of Ring of Secrets, the first in White's Culper Ring Series. To sweeten it even more for those of us at the CQ, the show was filmed at Shirley Plantation, which has been featured here before!
Turn premiers this Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. It promises to deliver action and depth as it follows Abraham Woodhull ~ Samuel Culper himself! ~ into the world of intrigue. If you haven't seen anything about this show yet, here's a preview!
And then what about the Civil War? By then, espionage was no longer considered such dirty business, and both the Union and Confederacy had spies about everywhere. What if the Culpers were still working behind the scenes, influencing those other secret agents like Pinkerton's Intelligence Agency and the Confederacy's Knights of the Golden Circle?
Circle of Spies follows the great-granddaughter of the Revolution's spies into a show-down between those two groups. Marietta is forced into the Culper Ring when she discovers a KGC castle hidden under her Baltimore home--and is charged with protecting the brooding agent Pinkerton sends in to infiltrate. All her life she had focused on flirtation and had hidden an amazing gift God had given her: a perfect memory. But now she must finally embrace faith and purpose...and learn to trust her own reckless heart.