K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


LEARN NC is no longer supported by the UNC School of Education and has been permanently archived. On February 1st, 2018, you will only be able to access these resources through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. We recommend that you print or download resources you may need before February 1st, 2018, after which, you will have to follow these instructions in order to access those resources.

About this video

Video courtesy of the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library.

Eastern North Carolina Digital Library, East Carolina University
Date created
Hope Plantation, North Carolina
Flash Video
This video copyright ©2006. All Rights Reserved

Related media

Learn more

In the classroom

You must have javascript and Flash Player to play this video.

Download video file (Right-click or option-click)

Video demonstration of a bed warmer, a tool used by families in the 1700s and 1800s to keep their beds warm.


Families in the 1700s and 1800s relied on fire to heat their living spaces. Even so, cold drafts were a problem most winter nights. This tool was useful for warming cold sheets on a freezing cold night. Hot ashes from the fireplace are placed in the copper pan, which then is run between the covers. At Hope [Plantation], this type job would have gone to an enslaved house servant. How would you feel about warming up someone else’s soft bed when you had to sleep on an uncomfortable cot — or maybe even the cold floor?