Flossie’s Fridays: Week 34

Recently, Flossie wanted to pose with these two precious girls who came to visit Historic Bath – they took the guided house tours and made rope for some extra fun!  Here is a picture showing the girls and Floss posing with the rope-making machine and holding a BIG rope……much too large to have been made on the machine that the historic site owns.

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Since Bath was the first official seaport town for this colony, many ships would have needed to replenish their supply when they came to port. There was probably a building in town called a ropewalk in Bath’s earliest days and we know that Jacob Van Der Veer operated a ropewalk in the 1800s. Can you think of jobs on a ship that would require using rope?  How about ways that rope might have been used in everyday life in a colonial village?  Might children have found ways to make games using rope?

Flossie invites you to share your answers by tagging @HistBathSiteNC using #HowRopesWereUsed or on Facebook (again tagging us as @Historic Bath Site and using #HowRopesWereUsed).

Interesting articles about ropemaking can be found at http://www.davidwebbfowler.com/2012/01/sons-of-liberty-occupation-rope-maker.html

http://www.angelfire.com/journal/millbuilder/rope.html

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