Millers and Merchants

In a program that explores the complex economic system of international trade in colonial America, students learn about the interconnected roles of enslaved Africans, Anglo-Dutch landowners, and tenant farmers at Philipsburg Manor. In addition to Philipse family members, students encounter Ceasar, Dimond, Sue, Abigail, and other enslaved workers who lived and worked at Philipsburg Manor. In tours of the manor house, students explore a house that also served as a hub of a thriving business operation, and through hands-on objects, they learn about the colonial trade that connected New York with Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. At the mill, barn/farm, and activity center, students learn first-hand about colonial life and work.