Colonial Period

  • John Adams

    John Adams was one of the founders of the American Revolution. He drafted the constitution for Massachusetts, which was later used in drafting the U.S. Constitution. He was a writer and lawyer, and believed passionately in the importance of having an honest and fair justice system. Fun Facts John Adams…


  • Benjamin Franklin

    Born in 1706, the youngest son of a candle maker, Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, a statesman, a writer, a printer, and a beloved husband and father. Over 20,000 people attended his funeral. Fun Facts As a child, Benjamin Franklin lived in a little house on Milk Street in Boston.…


  • John Hanco-ck

    John Hanco-ck is best known for his signature on the Declaration of Independence. Find out what else he did. Fun Facts John Hanco-ck was born in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1737. His father was a colonel in the British military. His family lived comfortably and had one slave. John’s father died…


  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson’s gravestone contains words he wrote himself. On it, he listed only three accomplishments: writing the Declaration of Independence, writing the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and founding the University of Virginia. These are just the beginning of his accomplishments, but they were the ones he thought most…


  • Paul Revere

    Paul Revere is known for his midnight ride, but what about the rest of his life? He was no stranger to hard work and challenge, and he had a strong love of family and country. Fun Facts Paul Revere’s father grew up in Midi, France, a beautiful farming area. His…


  • Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a beloved 18th century poet, known for his patriotic and philosophical themes. He wrote poems about Native Americans, the Civil War, and of course, the Revolutionary War. Longfellow’s family had deep colonial roots. His grandfather’s home had been burned to the ground by British soldiers, and…


  • Valley Forge

    After Washington crossed the Delaware and won the battle at Trenton, more soldiers enlisted. They saw that Washington might have a chance of winning and they wanted to be part of that victory. But Washington’s challenges weren’t over. Valley Forge was a testing time. Fun Facts After the Battle of…


  • Crossing the Delaware

    The Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. There was no going back. The country was at war. George Washington and his troops were ill-prepared and lacked weapons and supplies. They endured many discouraging moments, but Washington kept trying. Fun Facts English warships came to Long Island in the summer…


  • George Washington

    Leader of the American Revolution. First U.S. President. Father of Our Country. George Washington earned all these titles. But who was he as a person. Fun Facts George Washington was born in Virginia in 1732. His father was a farmer. He grew tobacco and kept slaves. He was wealthy and…


  • John Stark

    John Stark was almost an old man when the Revolutionary War began, but he was full of patriotic spirit. Fun Facts John Stark owned a farm and sawmill in New Hampshire. When he heard about the guns fired on colonists at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, he immediately…