God calls people to all kinds of
work so they can help each other. That’s true today. It was true in
the American colonies too.
Click around town to learn about what colonists did for a living.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards ofGod's varied grace. — 1 Peter 4:10
Welcome to Colonial America!
Apothecary. Need medicine? Similar to today’s pharmacist, the apothecary can mix up remedies
from minerals and plants. Unlike today’s pharmacist, he also makes house calls and performs surgeries.
Blacksmith. The blacksmith bends over a hot forge, making and fixing horseshoes, axes, hammers, nails, pots, pans, hoes, and more.
Chandler. Colonists need candles for lighting. Candle makers (chandlers) craft these light sources from wax or tallow. They also often make soap and gunpowder.
Cobbler. Cobblers craft footwear from leather. For repeat customers, a cobbler creates a wooden model of the regular’s foot. The cobbler can make shoes for that person in exactly the right size again and again.
Milliner. Milliners sell cloth and thread, clothes for children and babies, hats, jewelry, ribbon, and more.
Tailor. Tailors are skilled clothing-makers. They’ll take your measurements and turn that cloth you bought from the milliner into coats, breeches, or dresses.
Printer. The printer makes ink and sets type by hand for books, newspapers,
Wheelwright. Cars won’t show up for a long, long time. Colonist rely on wagons and horses for transport. Wheelwrights use wood and iron to make and fix wheels.