Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Ever heard the phrase…”Mad as a hatter” Well now I know why…When we were in the Indian Village our tour guide explained to us that the Indians would trade beaver hides to the English. The English would make beautiful hats out of these beaver skins. Apparently the beaver fur is very fine so the hats would be made in close quarters. Back then the process required the use of mercury. After breathing in the mercury day after day the hat makers would start acting a little funny. Hence…Mad as a hatter 🙂

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