A typical colonist life(Farmer Edition). To earn a living, planters grew some type of cash crop that could be sold for money or credit in order to buy needed tools, livestock, and household goods which could not be produced on the farm.
Children’s chores and education varied, depending on whether they were boys or girls. Very young children were under their mother’s care. Public schools were not available in colonial Virginia, so children often learned everything they needed to know at home. Some boys received limited schooling from their local Anglican minister. Formal education was usually only considered for boys because they were expected to learn how to run the farm, make purchases, deal with finances, and manage slaves. If his parents were literate, a young boy might be taught reading, writing and arithmetic at home. Most young girls learned to cook, spin, and sew from their mothers, and they might have learned to write their names and read the Bible.
Slaves. In Virginia these Africans lived and worked on plantations or small farms where tobacco was the cash crop. Enslaved for life, they could be bought or sold as property.
Since 1624, white Virginians were required by law to attend and support the Church of England. Though there were dissenting Protestant denominations by 1775, like the Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians, the established church was supported by Eighteenth-century tobacco card – Jamestown- Yorktown FoundationPreparing to leave African shores - photo from 1607: A Nation Takes RootWorking in the vegetable garden on re-created farm at the Yorktown Victory Centertaxes.