1719 William Trent House

Historic Home and Museum

Today’s Colonial History Bits for New Jersey and Mercer County

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What meals were common in Colonial America?

I love the tv show on PBS

“A Taste of History”

“Chef Walter Staib, an award-winning internationally known chef with over four decades of experience, is a master of open hearth cookery. He demonstrates a true mastery in the preparation of sophisticated 18th century cuisine, sure to inspire home-cooks.”

photo and quote from http://www.atasteofhistory.org/






Colonial meal structures/times were also different from what we know today. Breakfast was taken early if you were poor, later if you were rich. There was no meal called lunch. Dinner was the mid-day meal. For most people in the 18th century it was considered the main (biggest) meal of the day. Supper was the evening meal. It was usually a light repast. It is important to keep in mind there is no such thing as a “typical colonial meal.” The Royal Governor of Virginia ate quite differently from the first Pilgrim settlers and the West Indians laboring in Philadelphia’s cookshops.”

copied from – http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodcolonial.html#colonialmealtimes


Visit the William Trent House Museum!  Beautifully restored to the 1719 condition.


Written by sallykwitt

August 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm

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  1. I love learning things about our history, like this. Although not colonial, I did visit Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage, in Tennessee not too long ago. It was a wondrous experience 🙂

    Bobbi Jo Woods

    September 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  2. Thanks for this “taste of history,” Sally!

  3. Born and raised in NJ and was fun to learn some of the history such as being leased to 1st governor. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Colonial cooking! Fantastic!!!

  5. So interesting to think about what people ate centuries ago. I wonder what they would say if they saw today’s meals and overfilled plates. We are so lucky that we can enjoy almost any kind and flavor of food at any time of the year these days.

    Denise Sonnenberg

    September 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

  6. I have always wanted to visit the old colonial towns. It’s on my TO DO list for sure! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring us all with the photos!


    September 8, 2011 at 1:25 am

  7. I just love that there is history back east and people really care about history. I used to go see the colonial exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum with my nana hundreds of years ago 😉 Thanks for the memory and the great article!

    Marla Schulman (@DvinMsM)

    September 8, 2011 at 1:34 am

  8. Interesting! Thanks for sharing.


    September 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

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