Welcome to the House!
Unit Study: 19th Century Architecture
Beyond Cornhusks and Rags:  19th
Century Antique Dolls
About Homeschooling
19th Century Homemaking
General Information about Dog-Trot & Early Houses

Toys,  Needlework,  Writing,  Women's Roles,  Education

Scroll down to see some 19th century artifacts.
19th century cleaning
Unit Study: People, Status and
Family Life
Unit Study: Childhood, Recreation & Play
Unit Study: Education
Kitchen Clock,  Meat Chopper, and crockery items.  The wooden
object may have been used to press designs into cookies or dough.  
(My daughter has correctly pointed out that Wheat Thins & a fridge are
NOT historically accurate artifacts.)
THE 19th Century Woman
Candles were used to light homes
even after the invention of better
lighting-systems.  Here is a silver
candleholder with a snuffer (shaped
like a pair of scissors.) The tin
candle-mold could make six candles
at a time.  Some molds were much
19th-early 20th century German bisque dolls with a toy washing
of the same period. The wringer, for wringing the water out of
the clothes, is in the stand between the two wash-tubs.  Little girls
may have enjoyed role-playing Mama, but grown women found
nothing fun about wash- day.  Stands like this were a technological
advance, though. Early 19th century women often beat their clothing
with a paddle to get them clean.
Left: A 20th Century Kerosene lamp.
Kerosene replaced the earlier
whale-oil lamps.  No matter what kind
of lamp was used, the chimney had to
be cleaned every day.
Above: Andirons ("fire-dogs") in the
fireplace had to be polished or
blackened regularly. If the family had a
cast-iron stove, it had to be polished,

Schooling in the 19th Century was different than schooling today.  
While there were "
common schools" in some areas (similar to our
public schools today), education was not free. Students still had to
supply their own books. Often parents had to supply the
schoolhouse, furniture, wood for heating, and other necessities.
Sometimes parents had to board the teacher as well. School terms
might last only a few months at a time.

In addition to common schools, there were many
private and
parochial schools.  
These ranged from a few scholars being
taught by a local minister or an elderly spinster, to large boarding

Some children lived too far from a school or could not afford the
books to attend school. Some were taught at home by their
parents, and others taught themselves. Some people never
learned to read or write.
The Ursuline Convent in New
Orleans started educating girls in
1727.  It is usually considered the
oldest girls' school west of the