The Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783
The Guild is a national hereditary society which is dedicated to honoring Colonial ancestors who were skilled artisans and tradesmen in the American Colonies between the dates of the founding of Jamestowne, 13 May 1607, to the Treaty of Paris, 03 September 1783. Membership is extended to men and women, 18 years of age or older, who can prove lineal descent. Artisans and Tradesmen are defined as those accomplished in the field of art and those who crafted or traded items or were part of select Royal Guilds previously established in the old world which continued practices in the American Colonies. The online Guild's Dictionary of Arts and Trades is an extensive listing of Colonial trades and their definitions.