18th Century Life

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul. History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man. There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.History is a vast early warning system. Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

18th Century Life

about the site

"History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other."

I spend a lot of my time reading, researching and working on projects concerning the 18th Century. When I first started this 18th century journey I kept saying that I was going to find a way of sharing the basic answers to the most commonly asked questions. I plan on finding ways of doing just that.

The longer I am a part of the community the more I see a need for more information sharing in a place where the pieces of information come together more clearly, and can easily be shared with people. I don't think most people realize how much time it takes to write things up and share them. I have had many people look at me like I was nuts when I ask them if they would consider doing a write up on what they just had shared with me. I plan on finding ways of helping others share information and with permission combining information in ways that a lot of it can more easily be accessed. There is so much amazing information out there, we just need to find time to organize and share it.

The internet is the optimal place to share information. As new research is found and shared things may be updated immediately. With the internet at my fingertips, I don't mind getting things wrong, and sharing my journey, and that of others in this process.


For Most of History

Anonymous Was A Woman

  • Laundry Outline

    Civilian Laundry Outline

    A Civilian Laundry List and Demo Outline

  • Laundry Guide

    Civilian Laundry Guide

    Information I Shared in 2016 at Boice's Academy.

  • 18th Century Shirt Construction

    A Guide to 18th Century Shirt Construction.

    Instructions for a man's 18th Century Shirt. This is a three part article. Most of this article is not from my personal research. I am combining research others have done and posting it here, so that all of the information I have used in making shirts is in one place.

  • Mary Collier

    The Washerwoman

    A Poem by Mary Collier, and 18th Century common sort wash woman with a gift for written verse.

  • Crime and Punishment

    The Trial of William Birke

    It is not uncommon for jail time, transportation, branding or even a senrence of death to come from stealing clothing.


things they said

Voices From the Past