|Also known as||Pioneer House|
|Directed by||Kristi Jacobson, Sally Aitken|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons|
|No. of episodes|
|Executive producer(s)||Sallie Clement|
|Producer(s)||Kristi Jacobson, Philippa Ross, Sally Aitken|
|Editor(s)||Stephen Day, Martyn Hone, Annette Williams|
|Running time||48 minutes|
|Original network||PBS (United States)
Channel 4 (UK)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
Colonial House is an American reality series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Wall to Wall Television in the United Kingdom, following the success of, an exercise in vicarious "experiential history" that is characteristic of an attempt to provide an educational version of popular reality television. It aired on PBS in the United States and on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom in 2004.
The series, intended to recreate daily life in Plymouth Colony in 1628 along the lines of the recreated Plimoth Plantation, brought home to viewers the rigors of life for colonists in the early 17th century. The show was videotaped in a 1000-acre isolated area near Machias, Maine and featured colonists and several members of the current Passamaquoddy tribe of Maine. Historians from Plimoth Plantation and Maine historian and archaeologist Emerson Baker of Salem State College helped to make the setting as accurate as possible.
Seventeen applicants were chosen out of thousands to join the project. Most of the participants were American, though there were some British citizens as well. The project began in spring and was set to run for five months.
- Tammy Wyers - Governor's Wife
- Bethany Wyers - Governor's Daughter
- Amy Wyers - Governor's Daughter
- David Wyers - Governor's Son (age 9)
- Don Heinz - Lay Preacher / Acting Governor / Governor (in 21st century life, Professor of Religious Studies at California State University in Chico), age 63
- Julia Friese - Governor's Servant (in 21st century life, a museum guide)
- Jonathon Allen - Heinz family servant (in 21st century life, a student)
- Danny Tisdale - Freeman (in 21st century life, a publisher and teacher) age 44. Living in Harlem, N.Y.C.
- John Voorhees - Freeman (in 21st century life, a carpet salesman)
- Giacomo Voorhees - Freeman's Son
- Don Wood - Freeman (in 21st century life, a carpenter from New York)
- Amy Kristina-Herbert - Single Woman
- Dominic Muir - Freeman (from Britain)
- Henry the dog (white dog)
- Chloe the dog (brown dog)