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Webisode III

A Cow Un-Milked

After "taking the waters" at Stafford Springs, Connecticut, 35 year old John Adams opines on the economy and industry of the John Green household. The cow goes un-milked until 9 o'clock, and Mr. Green appears to be a lounger.

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Primary History

June 5, 1771 Mar 27, 2015

Courage, New Hampshire

Webisode 2

Pitch & Moment

September 1771: Simeon Trapp and Merry Pugwell have a late night conversation by the tavern hearth. Trapp wonders what happened to Justice Bramley and ponders the blessings of a new appointment.

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Courage, New Hampshire

Pitch & Moment Mar 19, 2015

Courage, New Hampshire

Webisode 1

Before the Travail

January, 1770: As Sergeant Bob Wheedle prepares to return to Boston from his imprisonment in Courage, we learn that Sarah has special feelings for him.

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Courage, New Hampshire

Before the Travail Mar 10, 2015

Tavern Talk

Webisode I

Scott Riley

Scott Riley discusses the farm's vision, period language in film, his Jimmy Stewart impersonation. Jim and Scott accuse each other of going senile. Jim discusses "Black Sails" - the pirate show.

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Tavern Talk

Talking History, Language Feb 28, 2015

The Raven

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The Raven

Jun 1, 2015

Ballad Mongers — A Free DVD Offer

In the 18th century, traveling minstrel pitch men would stand on a perch at fairs and musters and sing a song.   If the country folk took a fancy to the the tune he sold them a copy printed on a broadside. We need some ballad mongers. Do you have a platform? Are you up on the soap box quite […]

A Year Making It, A Year Yelling About It

Yesterday (and this morning) have been sort of hopping on the distribution front. We have a European network interested.  (They all speak English over there, unlike here in the states) Ben Shapiro, the guy who was the youngest syndicated columnist in America at age 16 and who graduated from Harvard Law at 23 years old, […]

Thinking Outloud about Distribution Again

Next week, we’ll have a few meetings with “channel” distributors so I’m just writing this all down to see if I understand it: 

Clothing the Past

As I sit down to write this post, I think of the title I have been given in regards to this show: Costumer. And while we are indeed creating costumes, to take us back to a time and place little known to us, we are creating the clothing that these people wore all the time. […]

The Press

Like any profession, the media has its share of rogues and whores.   A few years ago, a production company came out here (Riley’s Farm) and promised us they intended to film a simple reality show featuring a family who loved visiting our farm.   That was just about the last true statement they made in our brief history […]

When Evil Wears Good Manners

If Courage, New Hampshire, were, well, Courage, Virginia, we might have a more flamboyant royal governor for the show, but this being New Hampshire in 1770, we have one John Wentworth (right) to study, and he’s just that — an interesting study.  The enemies of the Wentworth family, in New Hampshire, called his extended kin “The […]

Executions and Hangings 1769

A trip through the New Hampshire Gazette, starting with December, 1768, including a report, in some detail, on the hanging and burning of Susannah Lott “..Last week a Court-Martial was held on board His Majesty’s Ship Mermaid, for the Trial of some Sailors for Desertion;  two were sentenced to be flogged from Ship to Ship, & another […]