country at least, made almost everything for themselves. When heavy work had to be done, neighbours helped one another, holding what was called a " bee." Few people had hired servants, but many of the richer people owned negro slaves, and not a few of the Loyalists brought slaves with them from their old homes.
By means of the "bee " a rough log-Houses. house was often built in five or six days. The floor was made of logs split and laid flat side upper-most. Instead of a stove was a " fire-back," or wall of small boulders or stones, built with clay for mortar, and