Money, Barter, and the Plantation Economy

by  Preservation Virginia

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Presented by Bacon's Castle in Surry, Virginia, the oldest brick house in North America, this program will explore the financial foundations of the New World. Students will consider how the colonies made money for the mother country, who performed that labor, and how the colonists--such as the Allens of Bacon's Castle--financially and culturally interacted with each other. Additionally, this program will discuss how the plantation economy in the Virginia colony impacted connectivity with society in England. This program will incorporate primary source and material culture analysis, as well as critical thinking, connecting past to present, and evaluating change over time.

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40 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Culture, Economics/Business, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Preservation Virginia

Richmond, VA
United States

Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia is the country's oldest statewide historic preservation group. In addition to engaging in extensive advocacy work and helping preserve historic structures and places across the Commonwealth, Preservation Virginia also owns, operates, and interprets six historic sites across the state. These historic sites include Historic Jamestowne (1609, Jamestown), Bacon's Castle (1665, Surry), Patrick Henry's Scotchtown (1719, Hanover), Smith's Fort Plantation (1763, Surry), John Marshall House (1790, Richmond), and Cape Henry Lighthouse (1791, Virginia Beach). Visit our website to learn more about our preservation efforts, visiting our historic sites, and more! 

Meika Downey

Program Details


Using the 1665 Bacon's Castle as a lens, this program will use visual aids, primary sources, historic objects, and Q&A to explore and examine the colonial plantation economy.


Exercise skills in historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship.

Exercise abilities to interpret and analyze primary sources and historical objects.

Consider multiple perspectives and experiences to better understand life in the early colonies.

Understand the realities and significance of the plantation economy in colonial Virginia.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

VS.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g; VS2.a, b, c; VS.3a, b; VS.4a, b, d, e;
USI.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g; USI.2d; USI.4a, b; USI.5a, b, c, d, e;
CE.11a; CE.12d, f; CE.13a, b, f; CE.14c;
VUS.1a, b, c, e, f, g; VUS.2a, b; VUS.3a, b, c;