June 17, 2005
CW's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum hosts lecture on the Early American Frontier Homes
What was life really like on America’s frontiers in the 18th and 19th centuries? Historian Charles LeCount explores the architecture, furnishings and living conditions within single pen log houses in the South between 1720 and 1860 during a lecture, “Living Conditions in Early American Frontier Houses,” 5 p.m. Friday, June 24 in Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
LeCount uses vivid and colorful first-hand accounts of people who actually lived in or visited these communities to illustrate the quality of life on the frontier. Despite the time period and westward migration, living conditions changed little for people who lived on civilization’s edge. Even when the frontier moved beyond them, living conditions were slow to improve.
LeCount is the site director for Historic Brattonsville, located near Rock Hill, S.C. A 775-acre historic site, Historic Brattonsville preserves and interprets four generations of Bratton houses and their outbuildings. A native of Illinois, LeCount previously was chief curator of the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C. He also has worked at historic sites and museums in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
The lecture is included in museum admission.
For museum program information, call (757) 220-7724.