Welcome to The Townsends

Exploring 18th century Lifestyle

Townsends is a channel dedicated to exploring the 18th Century lifestyle. Their videos explore Living History, History through Art and Savoring the Past, an exploration into 18th Century cooking and recipes. Once you start watching, you will surely become a fan. Jas. Townsend & Son Inc. is a manufacturer and retailer of quality reproduction 18th and early 19th Century clothing and personal accessories. We service the living history community, historic sites, museums, and theatrical, motion picture, and television production companies.

John Townsend, our host, has been producing these informative and captivating insights into early American living for a few years. We’ve selected those we thought would be of interest to you here. However, there are so many more over on their channel.  Please go check them out!

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The Townsends Videos

Beer & Drinks of the 18th Century

18th Century Beer Brewery Walkthrough

Strong Beer vs Small Beer

‘Barm’ in the 18th Century

Mead Cider Perry

Beer From Scratch

Why are Hops Used in Beers

Swanky & Gruit


Brewing Resources

Traditional Trades & Craftsmanship

The Drunk Laundress

Cheesemaking in the Early 19th Century

Coppersmith Peter Goebel

Early American Woodworking – A Craftsman Talks

Making Salt-Glazed Pottery

Seasoning Cast Iron

Making Beeswax Candles

Sealing Wax

18th Century Blacksmith

Timber Canoe Burn

Dugout Canoe Adventure

Will it Float?

18th Century Breads

Baking With No Oven

Hard Tack

Mixed Grain Bread

18th Century Cornbread

Leaven 18th Century Bread

Sourdough from Leaven

Which Yeast

No Knead Bread

‘Barm’ in the 18th Century

Making Bread from ‘Barm’

Pies  & Desserts

WhitePot – A Bread Pudding

Colonial Apple Pie

Fish Baked in Pastry

Puff Paste Crust

18th Century Pear Tart

A Christmas Pie

Lemon Cheesecake

18th Century Cheesecake

1682 Cheesecake

Standing Crust

1795 Vegetable Pie

A  Chocolate Tart

Herb Pie for Lent

Good Cooking

260 Year Old Artitchoke Recipe

The Freshest Breakfast Sausage (1808 Recipe)

Savory Stockfish Stew