About This Lesson
The lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Joseph Bellamy House" (with photographs), and other sources on the Great Awakening and Joseph Bellamy. Barbara Bradbury Pape, Site Administrator of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, wrote the lesson. Jean West, education consultant, and the Teaching with Historic Places staff edited it. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: This lesson plan will help students gain a deeper understanding of the Great Awakening as well as the role Puritan ministers played in 18th-century New England. It can be used in American history, social studies, and geography courses in units on colonial American religion and the Great Awakening.
Time period: 1740s-1790
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
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Objectives for students
1) To describe the basic principles of Puritanism.
2) To examine the role of religion in 18th-century New England.
3) To consider the causes and effects of the Great Awakening.
4) To trace the career of Reverend Joseph Bellamy and examine his role as a religious leader in New England during and after the Great Awakening.
5) To conduct research on prominent historical figures in their own community.
Materials for students
The materials listed below either can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a smaller, low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger version.
1) two maps of Colonial Connecticut and lots in North Purchase;
2) three readings by contemporaries and scholars about Bellamy's life and work;
3) three drawings of the home and Bethlehem, Connecticut;
4) three photos of the house, Bellamy's pulpit, and tomb.
Visiting the site
The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, a property of The Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, is located on 61 Main Street North at the intersection of Routes 61 and 132 in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Visitors can tour the house and grounds, including a circa 1915 formal parterre garden, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May to October. The hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group tours are available by reservation. For more information, contact the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, P.O. Box 181, Bethlehem, Connecticut 06751.