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Colonial Trades: Making Community Work

Massachusetts: Metro Boston

Program to Go at your site


Students learn what life was like on the Pierce Farm during the years leading up to the Revolution. A pre-visit activity (.pdf available below) based on Colonel Samuel Pierce's account book allows students to take on the roles of real Dorchester residents, including farmers, weavers and blacksmiths. They learn about the goods and services each of their characters provided to the community and play a bartering game that mimics the economic system of the colonial Dorchester. Hands-on spinning and weaving activities allow students to further explore the production of goods using colonial resources and technology.


Pre-Visit Activity

Curriculum Link

Weekdays, Year Round


Grades 3 - 5

At the Museum
2.5 hours
Maximum Group Size: 25

Up to 14 students: $100
15 - 25 students: $175

At Your Site
1.5 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students per program

1 program: $125
2 programs (same day): $215
3 programs (same day): $305

Sample Primary Source


Type of Program:
Field Trips, Programs to Go

Related Topics:
Colonial Life, Fiber Arts, Revolutionary Period

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Telephone:(617) 288-6041

Colonial Trades: Making Community Work