Sunday, July 17, 2011

Newlin Grist Mill

Our visit to Cheyney Creek yesterday was well timed, and we had the oppertunity to watch the blacksmiths at the Newlin Grist Mill. 

We learned about the different kinds of coal used for blacksmithing and what life was like for Pennsylvania blacksmiths in the late 1600s through the 1800s.

The blacksmith made Noor a nail and told her that while he may be able to make about 30 nails a day, the slaves in Philadelphia were able to make hundreds.

We also saw a rushlight clip and learned about this free, short-burning source of light made from twisted rushes soaked in bacon fat.

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