There is a vast trove of documentation available to help research your impression. Below are some examples of databases and books to help research material culture as well as historical events and people


Material Culture

The Eighteenth Century Material Culture Resource Center

Colonial Williamsburg Digital Collection

18th Century Notebook

London Metropolitan Museum of Art (1600-1800)



Primary Historical References

(links to free digital copies)

Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania, from 1763 to 1783        by Joseph Doddridge

Documentary History of Dunmore’s War, Louise Kellog, Reuben Thwaites eds.

The Revolution on the Upper Ohio Frontier, ibid.

Frontier Defenseibid.

Frontier Advance, ibid.

Frontier Retreat, Louise Kellog, ed.

Scoouwa: James Smith’s Indian Captivity Story by James Smith

A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin by Joseph Plumb Martin

The Virginia Gazette


Historical Scholarship

The Revolutionary Frontier by Jack Sosin

The Journal of the American Revolution

Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia from 1768-1795 by Lucullus McWhorter

Fort Laurens, 1778-1779: The Revolutionary War in Ohio by James B. Gidney and Thomas I. Pieper






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