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Colonial Holiday Toys

Archaeology, Collections





Children have always had a presence at Drayton Hall, we know this not only from the written record but the archaeological record as well.  Over the years, archaeologists have uncovered a variety of toys and trinkets in and around the main house.  From marbles and toy guns to dolls and miniature tea sets, toys of colonial America were meant to teach children skills for the roles they would take on later in life.  As we celebrate the holiday season at Drayton Hall, stop by the new Stephen J Wood Conservation Laboratory to see a display of toys our archaeologists have found on the property.