1628

Original thoughts on Colonial House, the Emmy-nominated reality television show from PBS.

Jeff Lin
Jeff Lin
Apr 8, 2014 · 43 min read

ENTRY

July 22, 1628



ABOUT THIS STORY

Most of this story was written during the month of October 2003 after I spent several months living in a remote area of coastal Maine as part of the cast of Colonial House, a PBS reality television show that put twenty five people in a 17th-century-style colonial village. I kept a journal while on the colony, but the entries were extremely short and non-descriptive because paper was scarce and writing with a feather was difficult. When I returned to the modern world, I needed to write everything down while it was relatively sharp in my mind. Since I had no camera or recording device other than my mind’s eye, this journal serves as my best effort to capture my experience of living in the past.


COMMUNITY

July 30, 1628

From left to right: Voorhees’ house where I lived, Freemen’s House, food and tool shed, Heinz’s House.



THE EARTH

August 13, 1628

Sunrise at the colony


LIFE

August 22, 1628


PURITY

August 28, 1628


John and Michelle in a rare moment of leisure by the water’s edge.

EXCERPT FROM A LETTER HOME

September 1 and 2, 1628


SUCCESS

September 8, 1628

Spars are long, tapered tree trunks used as part of a ship’s masts or rigging.


RACE RELATIONS

September 21, 1628

John Voorhees in a discussion with the Wampanoag.
Jack Lecza talking with one of the Native Americans


Arriving in Bar Harbor after leaving the colony on a charter bus.

RE-ENTRY

October 23, 2003


THE FOURTH DIMENSION

November 19, 2003


EXPERIMENT

June 4, 2004

Our first stop after leaving the colony was at Rite Aid. While others grabbed shampoo, candy, and sodas, I grabbed a disposable camera. We captured no images of our experience until this point.
Oprah and Gayle came to the colony for an overnight visit. This whole production was entertainment television, afterall.

RETURN

August 4, 2004

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